University of Antwerp
Catholic University of Louvain
Launched in 2018, SDSN Belgium is working on localizing the SDGs in the country through education and engagement of students and the general public on the issues of sustainability.
SDG Voice 2020
In 2020, SDSN Belgium was appointed by the Belgian federal government as an “SDG Voice 2020” and official ambassador translating the SDGs into concrete actions. SDSN Belgium actively works on creating a Youth Hub with and for students in Belgian higher education institutions. The Youth Hub and its committed members will inform students on the SDGs and help them transform their college’s or university’s teaching, research, services, and policies towards full alignment with the SDGs.
Holistic Approach to Sustainability
SDSN Belgium brings people together for the exchange of innovative and practical ideas on the SDGs and the best ways of achieving them. In particular, the Network is trying to place greater emphasis on sustainable development in research and education by taking a holistic approach to academic institutions.
Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference
Technological innovation gets connected with decision making for sustainable development at the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation (G-STIC) Conference in which all members of the network take part. This year, the G-STIC conference will be part of a special SDG week, co-organized by SDSN Belgium.
Antwerp’s SDG Transition
In 2020, SDSN Belgium also started the ‘SDG transition’ project. This project supports the Province of Antwerp in integrating the SDGs into their operations. A stakeholder co-creation process with the province administrative staff is ongoing, in parallel with the development of a methodology to assess and monitor implementation of the SDGs at subnational level.
SDG Barometer 2020
The network is a supporting partner of the SDG Barometer 2020 (led by the Antwerp Management School, member of SDSN Belgium), a research project which gives insights on the engagement of civil society organizations, companies, government, and educational institutions with the SDGs. The project also tracks the progress made, the challenges, success factors, and barriers for implementation. The results of this research will be compared with the data of the previous edition from 2018 to highlight best practices and showcase working strategies.
In December 2020, SDSN Belgium, the Interuniversity Centre for Education Law and Policy (ICOR), and SDSN Great Lakes plan to organize an international conference on SDG 4 in the Great Lakes region. The Conference will explore the interlinkages between human rights, water management and treatment, and health care.
Responding to the growing need for long-term thinking and action in the post Covid-19 world, together with ICOR, SDSN Belgium will take the lead in establishing a Flemish Scientific Foresight Council.The Council, supported by a research department that focuses on the methodology and the foundation of future-studies, will work across sectors aiming at sustainable, integrated policies.