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In September 2015, the leaders of 193 countries agreed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – the most ambitious plan ever to promote human development – by 2030 .In any country, achieving the SDGs will require government, business, aid agencies, multilateral banks and civil society to work together, adopt flexible approaches, share knowledge, measure progress effectively and recognize that the various targets are interconnected. Colombia seems to understand this, and is pursuing an integrated approach that leverages the strengths of each actor.Of course, in a truly bottom-up process, strong engagement with local communities and civil society is vital.Leadership by municipal and regional governments to facilitate such local-level progress is particularly important.In Colombia, the municipal development bank FINDETER is aiming to promote such learning, as it strengthens local governments' public finances and their management and planning capacity.Enabling institutions like FINDETER will be critical to localizing the SDG-implementation process to leverage the efforts of local governments elsewhere.Beyond capacity building, local governments must engage in smart innovation. In Colombia, innovation has been essential to Medellin's progress in reducing urban crime and violence, improving mobility and mitigating social exclusion.
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