(Oranjestad) —Recently, Minister of Sustainable Development, Mr. Geoffrey Wever, met with representatives of the Sustainable Development Goals Committee (SDG) and the faculty of Sustainable Development Planning of Economic Issues, Trade and Industry (DEZHI) about the next steps in implementing the SDG framework from the United Nations.
Since 2015, Aruba adopted the UN Goals for Sustainable Development agenda for 2030. The agenda consists of global goals for sustainability based on the principals of Human Rights and the “Leave no one behind” slogan, which is crucial for reaching harmony between the 3 essential elements of sustainable developments: economic growth, social inclusion and protection of the environment.
The SDGs consist of 17 goals, on which countries work to reach their national goals. The goals are as follows: 1. End poverty; 2. End hunger; 3. Health and Wellness; 4. Quality educacion; 5.Equality between genders; 6. Clean water; 7. Clean energy and economy; 8. Decent employment and economic growth; 9. Innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduce unequality; 11. Sustainable communities and neighborhoods; 12. Responsible production and consumption; 13. Climate action; 14. Ocean life; 15. Land life; 16. Peace, justice and strong institution; 17. Partnership to achieve goals.
This week, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations for Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname will visit Aruba, along with different other representatives of UN organizations. The UN is an important international strategy partner in the implementation of SDGs.
Minister Wever: “Aruba knows of different plans and initiatives to further develop sustainability. It’s also important to work with necessary conditions in order to reach this goal, like national awareness about the SDGs, the fortification of national and international strategy partners, improvement of governmental processes and the prioritization aligned with limited financial and human resources.”