A plan to help change the planet

In September 2015 the 193 member states of the United Nations came together to agree a bold, forward-thinking approach to address societal problems and help protect the planet. This agreement was the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a plan which called on all countries, from wealthy to poor, to promote prosperity and social well-being while also protecting the environment.

The building blocks of the agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which address a range of social needs including education, health and job opportunities while tackling climate change and threats to biodiversity. These ambitious goals include ending world poverty, ending world hunger, ensuring everyone has access to clean water, taking action to combat climate change and ensuring everyone has access to affordable and clean energy. The goals want everyone to benefit, so no country gets left behind.

How Amsterdam is working towards a better future

Impact Hub Amsterdam is working with Meta Group, Energie Beheer Nederland and the Impact Hub network across Europe to co-host the Socialchallenges.eu platform. This programme aims to boost marketable solutions that have clear social benefits, aiming to tackle at least 27 different challenges with 81 practical solutions, each of which will be supported by a €30,000 grant and six months of mentoring.

The platform matches ‘challenge owners’ – organisations with problems to solve such as public authorities and private companies – to startups, SMEs and social innovators who can develop solutions to their needs. Challenges include access for the disabled in France, building thriving rural communities in Portugal and helping to end homelessness in Manchester, England.

Attend an Amsterdam SDG Action Day

Everyone is welcome to attend an Amsterdam SDG Action Day, which brings together forward-thinking entrepreneurs, NGOs, organisations and individuals that all want to help achieve the aims of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Photo: Amsterdam’s Royal Tropical Institute

Based at Amsterdam’s Royal Tropical Institute, the SDG House acts as a catalyst for SDG initiatives and provides a meeting place for people and organisations who are interested in and affiliated with the agenda. The next event will take place on the 25 September 2018 and will include discussions on how the SDGs can be included in education, and how Dutch companies can work towards advancing gender equality. Find out more about attending the next Amsterdam SDG Action Day.

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