Sustainable Development Goals
In September 2015, 193 states adopted the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, now called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a historic (UN summit. Through the new agenda entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development” 17 SDGs and 169 targets were agreed upon to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: End extreme poverty, Fight inequality and injustice and Fix climate change.
Aruba, as part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, also voluntarily committed to this agreement in 2015. The global SDGs are in line with the Aruban vision and policy. Creating awareness for sustainability is therefore an important step to implement the SDGs and the government policies.
In order to implement and monitor the SDGs including targets and indicators, specific policies and strategies were identified and proposed in Aruba’s first SDG Roadmap, which was drafted following the MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration, Policy, Support) mission of the UN Development Group (UNDG) to Aruba in 2017.
The SDG Roadmap and the government program “Hunto pa Aruba” are used to prepare for the first phase of the implementation of Agenda 2030; the NSP 2019-2022. A second and third phase will respectively be prepared for 2023-2026 and 2027-2030.
The National SDG Commission, established in January 2017 coordinates the implementation process and reporting on the SDGs.
The NSP consists of national goals with a detailed Action Plan and resource specification. These resources include both human and financial capital. The NSP include long-term strategies at the national level with an inter-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach. These long-term strategies are formulated within the framework of the UN methodology with the participation of stakeholders that directly and/or indirectly influence sustainable development in Aruba.
The targets and indicators are adapted to the local context and needs for each phase.