Fix Python – Convert UTC datetime string to local datetime

I’ve never had to convert time to and from UTC. Recently had a request to have my app be timezone aware, and I’ve been running myself in circles. Lots of information on converting local time to UTC, which I found fairly elementary (maybe I’m doing that wrong as well), but I can not find any information on easily converting the UTC time to the end-….

Fix Python – How to convert local time string to UTC?

How do I convert a datetime string in local time to a string in UTC time?
I’m sure I’ve done this before, but can’t find it and SO will hopefully help me (and others) do that in future.
Clarification: For example, if I have 2008-09-17 14:02:00 in my local timezone (+10), I’d like to generate a string with the equivalent UTC time: 2008-09-17 04:02….