Week 22 // SDG’s VS AUA

June 13, 2017

“Which SDG suits you best and why?” This was my first question to the group last week Wednesday. I was asked to act as moderator during one of the UNDP sessions (United Nations Development Program – United Nations Development Program) to talk about the missions in Aruba. In this case, the SDG’s session targeted ‘Local Promotion and Communication’. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by 193 member states worldwide in September 2015. The SDGs are an agenda to create more balance between human well-being and the protection of the earth. 17 goals have been formulated jointly and are now being presented worldwide. For more information, take a look at; http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

Aruba, despite not being a Member State, has decided to implement the SDG’s and has been selected as one of the first 20 countries to launch local implementation. While there were over 110 applications worldwide! You may wonder why the UN choose Aruba? Several reasons, but the most important thing is that Aruba has a vision to become a 100% sustainable society and also puts a lot of energy into it to making that reality.

Last week, a group from the United Nations arrived to Aruba to support us taking the next steps toward implementing the SDGs. The week began with a general information session for all interested in Aruba. Followed by a number of themed sessions, planned for people interested, including ‘economic’, ‘social’, ‘nature and the environment’, ‘private sector’ and thus ‘local promotion and communication’.

During the session it became clear that the average inhabitant of Aruba is not or barely known with the SDG’s. Not a big shock since the UN mission was intended to see how the SDGs could best be implemented based on the input of all stakeholders in Aruba. The group was given the freedom to think how the national implementation and awareness about the SDGs could best be addressed. The entire session was filmed, almost everyone agreed: education about the SDGs and the impact on people’s daily lives is the key. However, education must be tailored to the various target groups and all stakeholders should be involved: government, business, schools, NGOs, neighborhoods, etc. In addition, it is important to adjust the language of the SDGs to a level that we can all understand, which is consistent with the daily routine and not to forget; it should be fun to get started.

Afterwards, I asked several people about the SDGs and I received similar responses as above. In addition, another thing has occurred to me: Many people who know the SDGs are proud of the fact that Aruba has been chosen as one of the first countries for the implementation of SDGs. They value the fact that the UN has set up a global program to promote human well-being while at the same time protecting the world – the only single place in the universe to be a resident of for the time being – and seeing the UN as a catalyst for the vision Of Aruba. Everybody began to think constructively on how to further implement SDGs in Aruba. Perhaps even more important than ever seen the current developments with oil spilling on our beaches.

What are the next steps in the implementation of SDGs in Aruba? The UN is currently working on all previous week’s data and will discuss the following steps with the dedicated team in Aruba under the direction of Jocelyne Croes. These results will be discussed again with the stakeholders to jointly determine the next steps. In addition, Aruba has committed itself to jointly report with the other countries within the Kingdom to the UN on the implementation of the SDGs.

Do you want to keep track of what is happening in the area of ​​SDGs in Aruba? Sign up at www.facebook.com/SDGAruba/ or send an email to sdgaruba@kabinet.aw.

Let me ask you another question: Which SDG suits you best?