For many municipalities in Flanders (Belgium) sustainable development is not an empty term. That’s clear from the firm commitment to climate neutrality in Leuven, smart mobility through cycling in Bonheiden and embracing of diversity in Malines. These are only a few examples of the many local practices in perfect alignment with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. This international agenda previously affected municipalities through the North-South policies, but goes much further and deeper now.
The International Development Committee (IDC), a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, recently concluded a year-long inquiry into UK implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).