PES Group joins the UN-Habitat initiative Local2030 Spotlight Series

19 May 2020
PES Group joins the UN-Habitat initiative Local2030 Spotlight Series


In line with its political priorities on sustainable development and with its Progressive Local Stories campaign, the PES Group is joining the UN-Habitat initiative Local2030 Spotlight Series.

The PES Group stands for a political agenda to save the people and the planet, inspired by the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Many local and regional authorities have already put in place policies to make the search for sustainable equality a reality, involving citizens and improving their daily lives. We believe that cities and regions can play a major role on the path towards genuinely sustainable development, now more than ever, as the COVID19 crisis gives us an opportunity to rethink our societies.

Christophe Rouillon, the PES Group President and Mayor of Coulaines (France), explains:

“ Given that this crisis has become global, concrete solutions need to be found at local level in our cities and regions as they are every day on the front line of the fight against the virus. We need to shift towards a more sustainable way of living. This campaign is a great opportunity to show how progressive local and regional politicians contribute every day to build a more sustainable Europe and planet so that ending poverty, taking climate action and building sustainable communities become a reality. We must ward off the threat of having our workers' freedoms and rights questioned and the risk that digital platforms under non-European influence take control of health and education as well as of the retransmission of deliberative bodies and local trade. Tackling the Coronavirus and its social and economic consequences means for us progressives to make sure that no one is left behind in this transition.”


Every week the UN-Habitat campaign concentrates on a different topic. This month, the debate will be centred on the Urban Basic Services delivery (until 12 May), on the Livelihoods and Local Economies (13 – 19 May) and on Safety and Vulnerability in local communities (20 – 26 May).













Are you a local or regional politician and want to participate?

Local and regional authorities around the world are invited to prepare and share 2-minute video contributions highlighting their perspectives on the main challenges and innovative solutions developed at local level to fight the Covid-19 outbreak.

Videos can be recorded with a simple smartphone or camera. Interested partners can share the video using the ​Local2030 dropbox or via twitter using #Local2030 #SpotlightSeries. Videos will be featured in the Local2030 media channels and will be fed into the global debate on COVID-19. More information is available here. Do not hesitate to also send us your videos so we can share them on our social media and website (please send an e-mail to for more information on the matter).



Photo by Norbu Gyachung on Unsplash.