“Connect for impact”: The Dutch SDG Charter convenes diverse actors, catalyzes joint action and creates synergy towards the SDGs.
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 are our agenda 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 together on these goals.
These goals are interlinked and they transcend boundaries between sectors and countries. They pose a set of complex 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.
All our activities together form an enabling environment for signatories and others, to (jointly) contribute to the SDGs. For highlights of the results, in numbers and pictures, click here.
SDG Events: where you can update and inspire each other. We organize these with other networks, to broaden our movement and your networking opportunities.
SDG Working Groups: where you can find each other around specific SDGs, explore what is happening, analyze remaining opportunities and challenges and agree on how to address those.
SDG Partnerships: where partners reinforce each other to address particular SDG related opportunities and challenges. These can be sparked by the Working Groups.
SDG Gateway: this is the online support for all of the above. You can find events, showcase your initiatives, search for partners, link up to Working Groups.
SDG Nederland: this is information in Dutch for a wider audience. It is a stepping stone to more involvement and it is linked to the Gateway.
We are still working on:
SDG Impact Facility (“Symfonie”): where finance and expertise are pooled from public and private sources, in order to facilitate innovation which contributes to the SDGs.
SDG Communication Coalition: where communication and marketing expertise are pooled from diverse organizations, to solve the shared problem of how to interest more people in action towards the SDGs.
How can you help to improve your enabling environment:
In general, please give us feedback on it. Also, your expertise on any of these elements is welcome. In particular, we are looking for the following:
SDG Gateway: You, as signatories, are the front runners, so we hope that you will all (continue to) add your initiatives and inspire others.
SDG Working Groups: We need key players, who want to form teams, to make the Working Groups the place to be: where all initiatives around a certain SDG can meet and reinforce each other.
SDG Communication Coalition: Experts on communication and marketing are welcome to join this coalition.
SDG Impact Facility (“Symfonie”): Public and private providers of expertise and funding are welcome to joint this effort.
In 2013, Royal DSM, True Price and Worldconnectors, initiated the SDG Charter initiative. It grew into a platform with over forty signatories from diverse sectors.
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. Sixty+ partners signed.
In September 2015, one week after adoption of the SDGs in New York, the Charter signatories met under the flag "We are ready" and the first Solution Partnerships presented themselves.
In September 2016, the SDG Charter Foundation was set up, to facilitate the growing number of signatories to do what they signed up for and to involve others with the same intention.
In September 2017, a basic enabling environment was ready for signatories and others, to facilitate their (joint) contribution to the SDGs.
The Charter is largely supported in-kind, by its Steering Committee members, Signatories and other partners. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides the main in-cash support for the SDG Charter Foundation.