The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals (with in total of 169 targets) to make the world a better place by 2030. The SDGs were agreed upon by countries affiliated with the United Nations (UN), including the Netherlands. The goals were formulated based on global input from organizations and individuals. The Sustainable Development Goals started in 2015 and will continue until 2030. They are a global compass for challenges such as poverty, education, and the climate crisis. They are the successors of the Millennium Development Goals, which ran from 2000 to 2015.

Noaber recognizes the analyses that have been made about SDG numbers 3 (good health and well-being) and 17 (partnership to achieve goals) and is eager to contribute with programs and participation that support solutions to the set challenges. Our main focus is on SDG 3, while SDG 17 is primarily supported in the context of achieving the goals set in SDG 3. The explanatory texts below are taken from interviews with the Dutch coordinators of the two SDGs mentioned.

"Although the Netherlands scores well on many health topics, not all trends are positive. There is even a slight decline in 'broad prosperity' related to health. This is caused by a worsening obesity trend and a relatively mediocre expectation of healthy life years. The Netherlands also scores less well than before on mental health[1]. COVID-19 had an additional affect on these scores."

Good health and well-being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

"The Dutch SDG Alliance aims for a broader vision regarding health in which prevention plays a larger role. Action will take place on three concrete opportunities: healthcare workers for the future, healthy futures on a healthy planet, and young and healthy minds."

Partnership to achieve goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

"Many of the goals under SDG 17 are about developing countries and the role of developed countries in them. The SDG 17 alliance chooses to focus on goals that are most within our Dutch sphere of influence and are conditional on many other SDGs: coherence, partnerships and beyond growth."

[1] Our new social health program is in some ways a response to this development, although that theme was not chosen as a pure response to the pandemic.