Sustainable Development Goals in the Netherlands: building blocks for environmental policy for 2030

On 25 September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Central to this agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that apply to all countries. Member States now have to translate the global SDGs into national targets and policies. The Netherlands already has national policy targets and policy programmes in line with the environment-related SDGs, but certain adjustments will be required. New and updated policy targets for 2030 are needed. And successful implementation calls for close coordination of policy efforts and responsibilities between various ministries and provincial and local authorities.