Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals with European Projects
From 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York, during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit (link) the document Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (link) was drafted by the Heads of State. It specifies the commitments on sustainable development that must be achieved by 2030, identifying 17 global objectives (SDGs - Sustainable Development Goals) and 169 targets.
This is a very interesting and ambitious topic and Europe is working to foster its knowledge and promotion. Specifically, Materahub is a partner of 2 European projects ("Rusdela" and "sociSDG") that have decided to integrate and promote SDGs through the development of activities, tools for sharing and exchange of good practices between the organizations involved.
The Rusdela project for rural development
The project "Rusdela - Rural Sustainable Development" aims to train policy makers and rural development experts from small centers in disadvantaged regions of Europe through the development of a toolkit (available online here). This toolkit will provide theoretical and practical contents on sustainability to experts and all stakeholders interested in learning more. Furthermore in 2018 Matera will host the "Train the Trainers" event to train other interested parties to apply the methodology and the processes developed by the project partnership.
Integrating Sustainable Development Goals with sociSDG
A different approach on the topics of the Sustainable Development Goals is that one addressed by the sociSDG project - Social innovation and inclusion of sustainable development goals.
The project aims to integrate 9 of the 17 SDGs among the nine project partners involved, working on various fields of sustainability such as social, technological and cultural innovation, led by the Croatian Institute CSR (IDOP), a non-profit organization that collaborates with scientific institutes and companies through training and sustainability strategies. They intend to promote the creation of educational tools and the exchange of good practices among the subjects involved through the development of nine webinars, dissemination activities on the social networks and blogs and trainings promoted by each partner organization.
The role of Materahub
Materahub work on the SDG 5 Gender equality that aims to eliminate all forms of discrimination and female violence, especially in the working sector where women aiming to open a business still face social and educational barriers. Therefore Materahub will involve local organizations and sectoral experts interested in witnessing and providing a concrete contribution, also during the training activities that will take place in each partner country, on the topic of female entrepreneurship and the consequent impact that companies have on the local and national territory.
Furthermore in November 2018 five days of training on two SDGs will be organized in Matera: SDG5 (Gender equality) and SDG10 (Reducing inequality within and between nations), in close collaboration with the Cambridge partner “Kaleidoscope Futures”, an organization specialized in media that promotes and supports the social and economic impact of migrants in the world.