Flanders is one of the Champion Pilot Regions of the OECD Territorial Approach to the SDGs

Flanders is one of the Champion Pilot Regions of the OECD Territorial Approach to the SDGs


The Region of Flanders is among the 7 Champion Pilots Cities and Regions that will test the Territorial Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)) by the OECD.

The Programme seeks to support interested cities and regions to develop, implement and monitor strategies to achieve the SDGs and fostering a territorial approach to the SDGs by;

  • measuring where they stand vis-à-vis the national average and their peers; 
  • engaging a multi-level dialogue with their lower and upper levels of government to build consensus on who can do what, at what scale and how; and 
  • sharing best practice and lessons from international experience.


The SDGs and the Region of Flanders:

• Vision 2050 for Flanders (adopted in March 2016), subscribes the 17 SDGs;
• Translation of the SDGs into Flemish objectives for 2030 (provisional agreement to a set of 49 objectives the 9th of March 2018) and choosing indicators (work ongoing)
• New participatory governance model to achieve the SDGs, with two key partners: Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) and the Union of the Flemish Provinces
• A network governance based on co-production, co-creation and partnership
• Stakeholders are organised in advisory councils that have the possibility to give formal, written advise

Implementation of SDGs: integration in the organisation

• Leading by example: the SDGs will be integrated in the internal operation and management
• The first step is raising awareness and give training
• Tailored roadmaps and SDG instruments will be developed, and existing management and reporting instruments will be adapted


More information is available here


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