Good Nordic practices
Why Finspång and Kristiansund?
When it comes to SDG localisation, many smaller municipalities have gained much experience in building institutional capacity for progressing towards Agenda 2030. Finspång, with approximately 22,000 inhabitants, has integrated the SDGs into their strategic plan in such a way that one cannot distinguish the plan from the SDGs — the two go hand-in-hand. In Kristiansund with a population of 24,000, the municipality has adapted sustainable development into the everyday lives of the people by embedding the sustainability goals into different local plans as well as the budgeting process. These municipalities have spent several years developing integration tools that work best for their contexts. A difference between the municipalities is follow-up measures and monitoring — here Kristiansund is a Nordic front-runner.
Finspång has developed a two-by-two framework for evaluating and prioritising SDGs.
Local politicians used this framework to plot each of the 17 SDGs according to their level of impact and resource necessities. First, they indicated the existing status of each goal within the work of the local authority. Then they added arrows to each of the plotted goals to demonstrate where they hoped to progress with that goal. The workshop activity enabled participants to comment upon why each goal was placed in its quadrant and further describe any ambitions for achieving that goal. The mapping also helped to identify low-hanging fruit as well as better understanding which goals might require a long-game perspective to achieve - an important basis for prioritisation of goals.