The SDG profile of all Flemish municipalities online
In setting out the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations created an ambitious global programme for sustainable development. While the SDGs are universal and global, their implementation is the responsibility of local players, such as the municipalities, companies, universities, associations and citizens.
Many municipalities have already made an important contribution to achieving the SDGs. Specifically, a survey by the VVSG (Association of Flemish cities and municipalities) showed that 63% of all municipalities use the SDGs as a guideline for their multiannual planning.
A learning tool that lends an insight into each of the 17 SDGs
Municipalities that draw up an action plan based on the SDGs naturally first want to know where they are starting from: on which SDGs are we doing well, on which less well? To address this, IDEA developed an interactive SDG monitor which provides an insight into the SDG profile of each municipality. Through a clear scoring system the monitor gives an idea of the status quo for all SDG.
The tool is based on 65 indicators. These include known data from the municipal monitor or the province in figures, as well as lesser known or less accessible data sets (the circular jobs monitor, BBC data, and others). This information was linked to specific goals within the UN framework and combined to calculate one score. These scores were then statistically corrected for outliers and overlap between the various indicators.
View your municipality’s SDG profile at www.sdgmonitor.be. Available from 22 October 2020.