Further reading and resources 

  • Finspång Strategic Plan 2022-2024: Adopted in November 2021, the most recent strategic plan and budget uses the 17 SDGs as its foundation and interprets the global goals in the local context of Finspång.  
  • Kristiansund Sustainable development work: This website provides explanations for how Kristiansund integrates SDGs into their strategic plan, including details on KPI identification, with a reference collection of sustainability initiatives in the municipality. 
  • US4SSC KPI Collection Methodology: This methodology from United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) is used by Kristiansund to identify KPIs in line with the SDGs and evaluate progress through self-assessment work. 
  • Sustainable Espoo programme: Espoo’s main platform for sustainable development in the municipality, including the city’s Espoo Story strategy, information regarding the sustainable steering group, and main programme goals for 2021-2025. See also Espoo’s Voluntary Local Review.  
  • Sustainable Kópavogur: The local strategy articulating the municipality’s mission and vision, influenced by Agenda 2030, and their 36 key goals connected to the SDGs.
  • SDG Synergies toolkit: Developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute, SDG Synergies enables municipalities to identify how multiple municipal goals overlap so as to develop more efficient strategies, targets, and actions. 
  • Roadmap for Localizing the SDGs: This roadmap covers a range of strategies that can be adapted to the specific contexts and needs of different cities and regions. Not a prescriptive ‘how to’ it aims to support local and regional governments and their associations to implement and monitor the SDGs.  
  • Global goals for local priorities: The 2030 Agenda at the local level: Nordic report providing local authorities guidance for implementing Agenda 2030 based on the work of 27 front-runner municipalities.  


Nordregio would like to thank the practitioners and experts who provided key inputs to the webinar and this policy brief: Mats Johansson (Coordinator, Finspång), Arne Ingebrigtsen (Chief Municipal Officer, Kristiansund), Ville Taajamaa (SDG Manager, City of Espoo), and Auður Finnbogadóttir (Project Manager, Kópavogsbær).  
Extended gratitude also goes the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities (Samband), the Association of Finnish Municipalities (Kuntaliitto), the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), Local Government Denmark (KL), and the Nordic Expert Group for Sustainable Development.