In the months of January and February 2017, the governmental SDG Committee held several stakeholder workshops with the public sector, private sector and NGOs. The workshops were held to kick-start awareness on the Goals and Targets and do a preliminary assessment of their priorities in the local context. The main mission of the SDG workshops were to familiarize all the parties involved with the SDG goals, and stress the importance of acting as a collaborative partnership in order to achieve the goals and targets. Stakeholders were encouraged to participate in numerous assignments, including a perception survey regarding Aruba’s current efforts toward each of the SDGs. This was a crucial part in following with the government’s mission to foster Public-Private Partnerships as well as adhering to the recommendations by the United Nations to help the private and non-profit sector lead the national SDG implementation strategy.
Additionally, the SDG Indicator Working Group will be focusing on conducting an inventory of the current data and statistics. This inventory of information is essential in order to create and/or measure how each stakeholder is currently performing, thus creating a baseline assessment by collecting the existing data of which the stakeholders already possess. The SDG Working Group will lead and coordinate the process of monitoring and evaluation of the SDGs indicators.
The preliminary results and priorities from the stakeholder workshops where further presented to all participants at the Aruba Sustainable Action Forum (ASAF), open to the public on Tuesday, February 21st. Some of the distinguished speakers at the ASAF were: Mr. Mike Eman (Prime Minister of Aruba), Mr. Richard Blewitt (UNDP Resident Representative), Mrs. Jocelyne Croes (Chair National SDG Commission), Mr. Gerald Kock (Chair SDG Indicator Working Group), Mr. Arno Boersma (Cetre of Excellence Manager), Mr. Patrick Melchiors (A.T.A. Destination Services Manager).
On Thursday, February 23rd, a session was held at ATIA and several business leaders were in attendance. The result of the ATIA session and the ASAF made it clear that many private and non-profit entities have already adopted many of the ideas expressed within the SDGs. However, greater visibility is required to showcase their achievements to the local population.
The SDG Commission is also eagerly awaiting the official launch of
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PMO Staff