Dutch municipalities embracing the Global Goals 

global goals

In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 ambitious goals for sustainable development. All UN member states agreed upon these Global Goals which form the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. To achieve each Global Goal and the corresponding targets by 2030 while leaving no one behind collaborative efforts are necessary. The Global Goals cannot be realised without the specific effort of municipalities. After all the goals concern important tasks for local governments; such as reducing inequalities, social inclusion, sustainable production and consumption, liveable and safe communities and quality and participative governance. 

Municipalities4GlobalGoals Campaign
VNG International launched a campaign revolving around the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The Global Goals Municipality Campaign; Gemeenten4GlobalGoals. A central conviction within the campaign is that local governments are key agents in the new development agenda. Especially Goal 11, (sustainable cities and communities) is one of particular relevance to municipalities as it occupies a central position within the everyday practices of municipalities. However, all of the goals are – to a certain extent- local goals, which means that local governments can contribute to each and every one of them.

jan van zanen"In my city for example, we have made the SDGs a framework to work with our citizens. We strongly involve civil society, knowledge institutions and the private sector in working towards the SDGs, both locally and internationally. It is thus an agenda of the entire city, not just of the municipality. We have also done an exercise to check how our policies are already aligned with the SDGs and made a-benchmark on SDG 11 to be able to measure our progress in the coming years” (Jan van Zanen, mayor of Global Goals-municipality Utrecht).

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Best practices Dutch Municipalities

in English

SDG Best Practices by Dutch local government
Dutch municipalities work on achieving the SDGs in numerous ways. Want to find out more? Click here to read 16 Dutch best practices in English from Oss, Utrecht, Rheden, and various other municipalities. 

en Français

Bonnes pratiques ODD par le gouvernement local néerlandais
Les municipalités néerlandaises contribuent à la réalisation des ODD de nombreuses manières. Voulez-vous en savoir plus ? Cliquez ici pour lire 16 les meilleures pratiques néerlandaises en français des communes d’Oss, Utrecht, Rheden et bien d’autres.

 en Español

Buenas prácticas en la localización de los ODS por parte del gobierno local holandés
Los municipios holandeses trabajan para lograr los ODS de diversas formas. ¿Desea saber más? Haga clic aquí para leer 16 mejores prácticas holandesas en español de los municipios de Oss, Utrecht, Rheden y muchos otros.

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English Publications:

Voluntary Subnational Review – the SDGs and decentralised governments in the Netherlands (2022)

Developing a harmonized indicator set for SDG monitoring at the local level

Proposition Paper on SDGs, PLATFORMA

The SDGs: Global Commitment, International Cooperation, Local Action

The Sustainable Development Goals in the municipal council

The SDGs in municipal policy


Spanish Publications:

Los Objetivos de Desarollo Sostenible en el concejo municipal

Los ODS en la política municipal


French Publications:

Les Objectifs de Développement Durable dans le conseil municipal

Les ODD dans la politique municipale


Dutch Publications:

Voluntary Subnational Review – de SDG’s en Decentrale Overheden in Nederland (2022)


Do you have questions or want to know more?
All information about the campaign, and useful tools like our brochures and practical examples can be found on the following website: www.vng.nl/gemeenten4globalgoals

Do you want to know more? Please contact the Global Goals team via GlobalGoals@VNG.nl or contact project manager Eline Vermeer by sending an email to eline.vermeer@vng.nl.

Website www.sdgnederland.nl
Twitter: @G4GlobalGoals
Facebook: Gemeenten4GlobalGoals


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02-08-19 Localising the Global Goals at the HLPF 2019 in New York

The Global Goals Municipality Campaign is dedicated to raise awareness for the Global Goals and aims to inspire and mobilize Dutch municipalities in the achievement of the goals. VNG International offers assistance and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and best practices between municipalities. Local governments can engage and connect different local stakeholders to ensure inclusive  and joint local action in the achievement of the Global Goals. The campaign supports municipalities to create an enabling and vibrant environment in which active citizens, businesses, volunteers, etc. are able to find and inspire each other and start local partnerships for sustainable development and international cooperation.

Since the Global Goals were adopted 80 (still growing number) Dutch municipalities have affiliated themselves with the Global Goals Municipality Campaign. In many of these municipalities countless Global Goals related activities take place involving and linking companies, schools, civilians and other social organizations with each other. Some municipalities actively provide room for citizen’s initiatives and acts like a facilitator and connecter. Other municipalities explicitly used the integral framework the Global Goals offer as a guideline while developing and testing policies.