Let’s raise the flag to celebrate the anniversary of the SDGs! | Information
News article | 23-09-2021 | 09:04
This year we celebrate the 6e anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dubbed the SDGs the “to-do list for people and the planet” and we can only agree! Sustainable development is at the heart of our work at the Embassy. At Twitter We raised the digital SDG flag to celebrate the anniversary of the SDGs and in this article we explain how we strive to achieve these goals on a daily basis. While we have only highlighted a few of the SDGs for this post, all 17 goals are important for a future-proof world.
Li Huan, agricultural advisor:
“The world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion by 2050. To feed this growing population, the agricultural industry will need to produce 70% more food while only being able to use 5% more land. This, coupled with increasing environmental and regulatory pressures, presents a huge challenge for the agricultural industry. Since most of the land suitable for agriculture is already cultivated, this growth must come from higher yields. I am proud to be part of an agricultural network that provides solutions to the problems of feeding the world in a more sustainable way, contributing to SDG 2: Zero Hunger.
Terence, Second Secretary Political Affairs:
“Equal rights for women and girls is an integral part of Dutch foreign policy and is one of the areas of intervention of the Embassy in Malaysia in the area of human rights. Gender equality is not only a goal in itself, it is also widely seen as a means to solve societal problems. Therefore, we continue to support various initiatives that contribute to SDG 5 in Malaysia and mainstream this message into a wide range of Embassy activities.
Jasmine, Senior Economic Officer, Water and Waste Management:
“Too much, too little and too much dirty water are global problems that almost all countries face. The pressure on the environment is increasing and therefore we must work together for a safe water future for all. To achieve this, I facilitate the exchange of knowledge on water management between the Netherlands and Malaysia, thus contributing to SDG 6: clean water and sanitation. “
Machiel, Deputy head of the economic section:
“We are studying opportunities for smart industrial cooperation between Malaysia and the Netherlands. Malaysia is making progress in digitizing its economy. Dutch companies provide innovative solutions that can make production chains more efficient, contributing to SDG 9: industry, innovation and infrastructure. “
Berbel, Communication and public diplomacy officer:
“Part of my job is to communicate about the embassy’s plans and the core values of the Netherlands. It is very important to show the work that is being done around SDG 13: Climate action. A practical example of our efforts to achieve this goal is the social media spotlight we put on organizations that contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable world.
In this photo, you see our deputy head of mission and head of the economic section, Eva, hosting one of our webinars on responsible business conduct.
Over 150 Dutch companies operate in Malaysia and many more have Malaysian suppliers. Together with them, we are working to create a safe and responsible working environment for all employees, for example by organizing a series of webinars on responsible business conduct. In doing so, we are contributing to SDG 12: responsible consumption and production.
Ambassador Aart Jacobi:
“SDG 17 focuses on the need to implement and re-energize the global partnership for sustainable development. As such, SDG 17 is at the heart of a diplomat’s work. In my daily work, my colleagues and I work to create international networks between businesses, government organizations and NGOs. These vast networks in turn contribute to the exchange of knowledge and the improvement of practices. By strengthening these networks, our Embassy contributes to SDG 17: create partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals. “
Do you want to know more about the Sustainable Development Goals and what they mean in practice? To verify THE 17 OBJECTIVES | Sustainable development (un.org)