Localizing the Agenda 2030: The ICLEI Network’s five Pathways as a Driver for Local Governance


  • Gianluca Senatore Department of Communication and Social Research, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Silvia Bellabarba Local Development Facilitator for the Implementation of Local Integrated Projects, Gal Fermano and Gal Sibilla, Italy




sustainable development, SDGs, networking, local development, governance, ICLEI


This work analyzes the phenomenon of SDGs localization paths in an international networking process through one of the main network drivers of sustainable local development (ICLEI). To favor the localization paths means to increase the ability of the single territories to construct new forms of coordination between the different institutional levels, in line with the principles of vertical integration. Sustainable development cannot be just a vague and indeterminate concept and it cannot be considered just as the passive implementation of rules or standards resulting from international guidelines often irreconcilable with local contexts, but it should be a participatory action of local institutional bodies, citizens and multistakeholders. There is a strong demand for social participation in the definition of collective and individual behavior, which cannot be disregarded.


Received: 25 February 2021 / Accepted: 4 May 2021 / Published: 17 May 2021


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Senatore, G. ., & Bellabarba, S. . (2021). Localizing the Agenda 2030: The ICLEI Network’s five Pathways as a Driver for Local Governance. Journal of International Cooperation and Development, 4(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.36941/jicd-2021-0001