The publication "Exploring the Role of Participatory Budgeting in Accelerating the SDGs: A Multidimensional Approach in Escobedo, Mexico" describes what the direct and indirect connections of Participatory Budgeting (PB) with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
The first part of the document contains a brief history of Participatory Budgeting and an explanation of why this is considered one of the most successful democratic innovations of the last 25 years. According to estimates, the PB experiment has reached more than 3,000 local institutions and some supra-communes around the world, highlighting their positive and developmental strength. PB has the potential to benefit communities in various aspects, including social inclusion, improving the environment, urban planning, and basic services.
The multidimensional feature of the PB is particularly important to focus on a new integrated approach to accelerate a transformation towards the achievement of sustainable development goals. At a later stage, the publication explores a theoretical framework of global case studies that highlight how PB can be an intelligent connector of targets and objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Looking at global practices, the report describes how PB would be deeply connected with 7 out of 17 SDGs, and therefore would be directly connected with specific targets: 4.7; 5.b; 6.2; 7.1; 10.2; 11.3; 11.7; 16.6; and 16.7.
The last part of the document describes a practical case of the Participatory Habitat initiative implemented in the municipality of General Escobedo, Mexico.
From the analysis emerged that knowledge about the PB practices may shape new a model of governance in place. This may enable a transformation of local policy to ensure effective outcomes in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by adopting a multidimensional instrument networked with SDGs and targets at the same time. This is the crucial lesson from the Participatory Habitat Initiative, which opens up an innovative pathway to accelerate that transformation towards achieving the SDGs, ensuring "no people left behind" as the foundation of United Nations mission.
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