Kick-starting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Netherlands

Last Friday 2nd of October DSM, True Price, Worldconnectors, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Major Alliance Netherlands hosted a successful high-level meeting: Kick-starting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Netherlands. The meeting was a great success; representatives from more than 100 organizations participated and showed their readiness to start to collaborate on achieving the SDGs.

Worldconnector Herman Mulder opened the floor to the welcoming words by Bernard Wientjes on behalf of the Rijksmuseum. After that, Adrian de Groot Ruiz of True Price and co-founder of the SDG Charter zoomed in on the SDG Charter’s vision that solution partnerships and innovation are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Concrete solution partnerships are already taking shape as presented by Jan-Willem Scheijgrond of Philips in the form of their active engagement with Charter signatories Bioneedle, Hospitainer and World Vision on the topic of Health. Next, André Veneman explained how AkzoNobel is actively building on a partnership for Human Cities, together with a.o. Arcadis and the Human Cities Coalition. Thereafter, Steven van Eijck explained the focus SDG themes the Major Alliance Netherlands will center their efforts on in the coming years.

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lilianne Ploumen pointed out the uniqueness of the SDG Charter, bringing together so many organizations for one purpose. We can surely be a bit proud of this achievement, which targets a wider context of Global Goals, whilst building on the unique capacities of the Netherlands. As Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM, indicated this is especially valuable since the pressing global issues require everyone to work together which is why cross-sector partnerships are essential to reaching the SDGs. Building on that notion, Steven van Eijck highlighted the importance of bringing in the perspective of philanthropy in achieving the SDGs.

Fokko Wientjes, Vice-President Sustainability & Partnerships at DSM and co-founder of the SDG Charter, concluded the meeting with underlining the three ‘A’s that are central to the next steps of the SDG Charter: aspiration, ambition and ‘aanhaken’ (joining).

What’s next?

In follow up to a successful meeting, we are extending a call for another ‘A’: Action. The SDG Charter and Major Alliance Netherlands will:

– Work on a plan, including the results we want to have achieved in a year and the roadmap to it.

– Engage more organizations to form concrete SDG solution partnerships and institutionalize the actions undertaken so far.

– Inform you about upcoming events related to the SDGs.

We are ready for action, are you? Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us in case you have any questions or would like to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Looking forward to working on further shaping the SDGs!