Our story
 

Why

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Our generation is the first to have the means to make the transformation to a world with more prosperity and less inequality, to protect the diversity of nature and the stability of our climate, to peace and security. In such a world, everybody can thrive, from individual to multinational.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our ‘to-do-list’ for the world we want in 2030. They are a form of civilization, a common language to which we have all committed ourselves. This makes it possible to work better together on these goals.

These goals are interlinked and they transcend boundaries between sectors and countries. They pose a set of challenges as well as opportunities. They can require deep transformations and joint action at all levels and between sectors. To create the world we want, it is essential ánd possible to join the forces of diverse actors, leaving no one behind. 


How

“Connect for impact: The SDG Charter convenes diverse actors, catalyzes joint action and creates synergy towards the SDGs.”

What

All activities together form an enabling environment for the SDG Charter Network, to (jointly) contribute to the SDGs. For highlights of the results, in numbers and pictures, click here.

SDG Roadmap: the co-creation of the Dutch national SDG Roadmap is the backbone of our work. Together with partners from all sectors of society, we are currently identifying ‘breakthrough’ SDG opportunities at home and abroad.

SDG Nederland: this is our information website in Dutch for a wider audience. It is a stepping stone to more involvement and it is linked to the Gateway.

Events: both small-scale and large events where you can network and inspire each other. Yearly, we are the driving force behind the ‘SDG Action Day’ on September 25.

SDG Gateway: this is the online support for our offline work, an online community functioning as the ‘LinkedIn for the SDGs’. You can find events, showcase your initiatives and connect to partners and peers.

SDG Communication Coalition: where communication expertise from key umbrella organizations (Steering Committee) is pooled to solve the shared problem of how to interest more people in action towards the SDGs.

We are still working on:

SDG Alliances: together with key-stakeholders and the National SDG Coordinator we set up alliances where experts around specific SDGs can find each other, to explore what is happening, analyze challenges and opportunities and take action.

SDG Impact Facility (“Symfonie”): where existing (financial) instruments and expertise from public and private sources are pooled and coordinated, in order to facilitate innovation that serves the SDGs.

Origin

 On September 30, 2014 60+ businesses NGO's, knowledge institutes, (local)governments, financial institutions and philanthropists signed the SDG Charter

On September 30, 2014 60+ businesses NGO's, knowledge institutes, (local)governments, financial institutions and philanthropists signed the SDG Charter

In 2013, Royal DSM, True Price and Worldconnectors, initiated the SDG Charter. It grew into a platform with over 40 signatories from different sectors of society. In September 2014, the founders presented the Charter on the role of business, civil society and cross-sector partnerships in the Post-2015 development agenda. 60+ partners signed. In September 2015, one week after adoption of the SDGs, the Charter signatories met during the event: "We are ready" and the first partnerships presented themselves. In September 2016, the SDG Charter Foundation was set up, to facilitate the growing number of signatories (250+) to do what they signed up for and to involve others. In September 2017, a basic enabling environment was ready for signatories and others, to facilitate their (joint) contribution to the SDGs. 

Support

The SDG Charter Network’s activities are largely supported in-kind and in-cash, by its Steering Committee members and Signatories. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides the in-cash support for the supporting SDG Charter Bureau (secretariat).