The ODSlocal platform (Portguese for SDGlocal) is a tool to allow local governments and civil society organisations to identify which of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be considered a priority at the local level,and to monitor progress towards SDG targets by analysing indicators that have been localised according to specific methodologies. The intention is for pathways towards SDG implementation at local level to be transparently shared, promote inclusive action greater attentions SDGs on which progress lags behind in each municipality.
The platform aims to create national SDGlocal movements which Municipalities want to join, mobilising other public and civil society actors in an exponential and contagious way. It is anchored on a comprehensive and intense mobilisation of decision makers and municipal technicians, local agents and citizens in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by the United Nations in its 2030 Agenda. The ODSlocal Platform allows monitoring of progress at municipal level in relation specific SDGs through progress indicators calculated from information in national databases and data provided by the Municipalities themselves. It also intends to map and measure the impact of innovative and sustainable practices undertaken by municipalities, civil society and the private sector.
ODSlocal originated and is being prototyped in Portugal, with expansion to other countries a possible future development. It began with a co-creation pilot phase involving the project partnership and several Portuguese municipalities (Bragança, Cascais, Castelo de Vide, Coruche, Loulé, Seia and Viana do Castelo), taking place in 2018 and 2019. From 2020 participation was opened up to all interested Portuguese municipalities interested.
ODSlocal is currently being piloted in Portugal by a partnership involving the National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development (CNADS), OBSERVA (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon), MARE (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and 2adapt enterprise, with financial support from the La Caixa Foundation. It employs a dynamic online portal for the visualization and monitoring of the contributions and progress of each municipality in relation to the SDGs, supported by quality control of hosted information, intense efforts at participation and training, and a strong communication strategy .