Implementing the SDG's in Flanders and working towards a sustainable future for our region, is not something the Flemish government can tackle by itself. We need the energy and commitment of all kinds of citizens, companies, organisations, other countries and international partners. That's why we decided to also communicate about our SDG efforts, actions and strategy in English. These are the 2 main documents and guidelines for Flanders.
In March 2016, the Government of Flanders presented its new strategic outlook for the future: “Vision 2050: a long term strategy for Flanders." This forward-looking policy document sets out a vision for an inclusive, open, resilient and internationally connected region that creates prosperity and well-being for its citizens in a smart, innovative and sustainable manner.
Vision 2050 provides a strategic response to the new opportunities and challenges Flanders is facing. This long-term strategy aims to accelerate some of the essential societal transformations (e.g. transitions) and will require radical innovations to the way we live, work and enjoy life.
SDG Manual for government organisations
This manual explains how you can integrate the SDGs into the strategy and activities of your organisation. It is primarily intended for government organisations, including local authorities, but is useful for all kinds of organisations and institutions, with or without profit objectives. pdf bestandSDG-Manual.PDF (2.33 MB)
This manual aims to provide government organisations with a structure to integrate the SDGs in a smooth manner, taking into account the individual identity of each organisation. The integration of SDGs presents the government with a number of challenges. This manual specifically aims to provide a framework for the major challenge of integrating the SDGs into internal operations, management and the instruments of government institutions.
The manual consists of five steps that will help government organisations to maximise their contribution to the SDGs.
- Understand the SDGs: The first step is the framework of the SDGs; understanding their objective and content. This concerns both the main objective and the concrete goals and how these can be monitored via indicators.
- Determine priorities: In the second step, the central word is ‘impact’. Starting from the core activities of an organisation, the question is: which priority themes offer the chance to create the greatest positive impact on the SDGs?
- Set goals: Goals are set based on the priorities, and taking into account the Flemish context. These goals indicate where the ambition lies, what one specifically wants to achieve and what this means in relation to the SDGs.
- Integrate SDGs: The fourth step is the integration of sustainability into the activities and governance of an organisation. Embedding SDG objectives in all functions within the organisation is an important success factor with regard to implementation. In addition, it is essential to enter into partnerships to achieve the set goals.
- Report and communicate: The United Nations has developed a set of indicators that enable the monitoring of progress for each SDG. These are already linked to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicators for sustainability reporting. The latter step deals with how to measure, report and communicate.
Read the full SDG manual:pdf bestandSDG-Manual.PDF (2.33 MB)