In September 2018, P4G Global officially welcomed the Netherlands as a partner country in recognition of its commitment to climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Netherlands strategic leadership along with its considerable contribution towards sustainable development and financial support will help in strengthening the P4G network. It is the aim of the Dutch government, through its engagement with P4G, to bring added support to innovative partnerships with the goal of achieving sustainable and inclusive growth in emerging markets with a growing interest and potential for developing the SDGs. The Netherlands will facilitate knowledge-sharing through Dutch private and public sector expertise in areas such as circular economy, digitalisation, entrepreneurship and making global value chains sustainable.
The Netherlands believes the key to success in attaining the SDGs lies within our willingness and resolve to form partnerships at a national and international level. At the heart of the Netherlands is a rich history in providing innovative public-private partnerships (PPPs) that combine business with collaborative solutions for driving green growth. The four countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten and the Netherlands) report jointly to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Each country within the Kingdom, while in a different phase of SDG development, is committed to achieving the 17 SDGs.
Working in cooperation across sectors, inside and outside national boundaries, is in our DNA. We have a track record for resolving domestic and global issues by forging partnerships, for example by involving people from all walks of society in efforts to tackle water-related challenges. This approach is the key to the prominent role we play on development cooperation, combining aid, trade and investment.
The point of the SDGs is producing tangible results that improve people’s lives. The Netherlands, in its broad support of this goal and through the leadership of P4G board member Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, has chosen an ambitious approach to implementing the SDGs. This approach, based on the P4G global initiative to develop concrete PPPs, is aimed at delivering on the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, signed in 2016.
“For the Netherlands, the P4G initiative isn’t only a deeply felt international responsibility, it’s also a matter of enlightened self-interest. P4G means that we must act at the national level and that we must act together. We must act in concert with other nations because no country and no government can fight climate change alone.”- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the 2018 P4G Summit in Copenhagen.
There is no question that the threat from world population growth and climate change have become more pronounced, accelerating the need for sustainable development. No one country, company or community has all the answers. That’s why we need to foster international partnerships among businesses, governments and civil societies. This is where P4G Global, P4G NL and the SDGs come in.
P4G accelerates, funds and recognises innovative PPPs driving green growth. It focuses on breakthrough solutions in the five SDG key areas.
For that, a network with governments in upcoming markets has been built. P4G is already working in partnership with leaders in 12 countries from all corners of the world: Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam. They see public-private partnerships as the key to meeting SDGs.
P4G also benefits from the active support of partner organisations. These include: C40, IFC, Global Green Growth Institute, UN Global Compact, World Economic Forum, and the World Resources Institute, which also hosts P4G’s Global Hub in Washington, DC.
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