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Translating the global Sustainable Development Goals to the local municipality level

Breedveld, S. (2022) Translating the global Sustainable Development Goals to the local municipality level.

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Abstract:In 2015 all United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, consisting of 17 underlying Sustainable Development Goals (‘SDGs’). The Association of Dutch Municipalities International has launched the Global Goals Municipality campaign (‘Gemeenten4GlobalGoals’) with the conviction that municipalities play a crucial role in achieving the SDGs. However, large-scale research has shown that most Dutch municipalities are not carrying out decisive work when it comes to the SDGs. They miss the handles to take concrete actions. The 2030 Agenda is a worldwide agenda that needs to be translated to the local level. This research therefore aims to determine which approaches for translating a complex issue such as the 2030 Agenda to a local level are most effective for Dutch municipalities. Qualitative research in the form of desk research and interviews has been conducted. The findings show that the participation platform (in combination with other participation forms), the citizens’ assembly, and the formation of a separate foundation/organization are the most effective approaches. Furthermore, an explanation was found for how these approaches can help to translate complex issues such as the SDGs to the local level and which factors determine effectiveness. Common success factors revolve around building good relations with stakeholders, communication, the organizational set-up of an approach, getting good representation and making the connection to the living environment. In practice, municipalities can adopt the suggested approaches and integrate the success factors into the execution to effectively translate the global goals to the local level. Recommendations for further research include researching in which step of the translation process it would be most effective to involve citizens and other stakeholders. An additional recommendation is the development of a common framework for the recommended participation approaches that municipalities can use as an outline for designing their participation processes around the SDGs.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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