Week of the Sustainable Municipality

A project by Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG)

80 Flemish municipalities nominated local citizens, schools, companies & organisations as ‘sustainable heroes’: the local faces of the global goals!
From 18th until 25th of September 2018, the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) organised its first ‘Week of the Sustainable Municipality’. During this week, 80 Flemish municipalities hung the SDG-flag at their city Halls and put their ‘sustainable heroes’ in the spotlights. The heroes were citizens, schools, companies and organisations who contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals in their own daily way. They became the local faces of the 17 global goals. The timing of the campaign was not random: September 25th was the third anniversary of signing the Agenda 2030, and at the same time the perfect moment to promote the SDGs just before the Flemish local elections were held on October 14th.
With 80 participating local governments, the campaign reached more than one out of every four Flemish municipalities. The participants were spread across Flanders and their size varied from 8000 inhabitants to more than 250.000. Together, the 80 sustainable municipalities nominated more than 650 sustainable heroes. The heroes were given free campaigning material (SDG-pins, -stickers and -chocolates) to make themselves visible in their communities, and together they spread more than 48.000 brochures –printed on growing paper– about the important role local authorities have to play in the Agenda 2030. The heroes and their inspiring daily activities were spotlighted on the campaign website www.duurzamegemeente.be, in the Flemish press and on VVSG’s social media channels.
Through this widespread public campaign, local authorities were not only given the opportunity to show their willingness to take on an exemplary and leading role in the Agenda 2030. It was also a unique chance to work together with engaged citizens, companies, schools and organisations within the municipal area, to give them the credits they deserve and to familiarise them with an internationally binding story: Their local actions contribute to global challenges!

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About the Organization /Team

The Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) is the umbrella organisation of local governments in Flanders. VVSG provides consulting, training, coaching and lobby work for all 300 Flemish municipalities. Within VVSG, the International Team works on issues like local global policy, international cooperation and the local implementation of the Agenda 2030. In a 3-year pilot trajectory and together with a group of 20 municipalities, the International Team explores methods to structurally integrate the SDGs into municipal policy making. The Week of the Sustainable Municipality is a result of this intensive and participative trajectory.
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