How can municipalities measure the local progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? In The Netherlands, VNG International and a group of municipalities have joined forces to develop a common set of indicators, which are in line with the local context.
Towards a joint indicator set
More and more Dutch cities are contemplating how to measure local progress in achieving the SDGs. VNG International, the international cooperation agency of the Association of Netherlands municipalities and the cities of Utrecht, Oss, Rheden and The Hague currently work together to develop a common set of local indicators. This should provide all Dutch municipalities with a baseline, as well as point on the horizon. A first step is to clarify which SDG-related data are already collected by municipalities. Then, these data will be converted to a set of indicators which is workable for municipalities of all types and sizes.
Localizing and measuring the SDGs in Utrecht
In the meantime, the city of Utrecht has published its approach to localize and measure the SDGs, aiming at inspiring and informing other local authorities. By means of an interactive SDG Dashboard in which the SDGs are translated into the local context, Utrecht tries to gain a transparent insight into what is all that is happening in the city. The publication also shows how they work on achieving Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development through partnerships within and outside of the municipality.
More information? Join the SDG reporting session at the CIB annual meeting in Stockholm, where the city of Utrecht will present its approach and Dashboard!