Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam along with Dutch organisations and embassies participated in the SDG flag campaign to express their support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. No fewer than 850 SDG flags have been hoisted.
On the 25th of September, it was exactly five years ago that the world embraced the Sustainable Development Goals, seventeen goals that will guide us towards a more inclusive, just and sustainable society by 2030.
Some good results have been achieved in the past five years, but there is still some work to be done for the next ten years. Although the Netherlands has a good track-record on themes such as “innovation” and “combatting inequality”, there is still room for improvement for environmental and climate-related SDGs.
By hoisting the SDG flag, VU Amsterdam, organizations, municipalities, companies, civil society organizations, schools and the government show that they are part of this global movement around the SDGs. The SDG flag is used as a symbol to show the world that themes such as climate action, gender equality, biodiversity and fair work are considered to be of paramount importance.
The Sustainable Development Goals are the most widely supported instrument for dealing with the complex global challenges of the coming years: from poverty and gender inequality here in the Netherlands to the global climate and biodiversity crisis. The goals embrace all relevant themes and are all interconnected. They provide a compass for everyone to make a difference themselves.
On September 25, world leaders (virtually) discussed the progress made on the SDGs during the General Assembly of the United Nations. At the same time, the SDG Action Day took place in the Netherlands, to show that the Global Goals are widely supported and to realize the decade of action.