SDGs for your event

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With the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN has a shared vision for humanity serving as a call to action to end inequality, protect the planet from destruction, and ensure prosperity for all.

All positive action, big as well as small, is an effort in the right direction. But to have a truly positive impact on the SDGs, big ambitions are needed, and your event can be part of this.

Overall think of your SDG impact in design, planning and execution of your event in the below categories. In addition, you can achieve strong SDG impact from the topical focus of your event itself, or from specific participant activities, you facilitate, e.g. with local social organisations.

Below you can see which SDG's has an economic impact, social impact and environmental impact.

Economic impacts

Working with the economic sustainability of your event can have the potential to impact.

Through providing supplier or partnering opportunities for small businesses, and by engaging with suppliers and providers committed to fair labour and wage policies.
Through using and promoting innovative sustainable solutions and products within transport, food, materials and more, especially from small businesses.

Social impacts

The social ambitions of your event can have the potential to impact

Through promoting healthy menus, food options and moving around by foot or bicycle, and through working with suppliers committed to improving social conditions for workers and communities in especially developing countries.
Through ensuring equal gender opportunity and participation in event leadership, panel, keynotes, etc.
SDG 11
Through partnering with organisations and initiatives supporting clean and safe urban communities.
SDG 17
Through facilitating meetings and collaborations between participants and local communities around aspects of sustainable development.

Environmental impacts

The environmental ambitions of your event can have the potential to impact:

Through prioritising travel and transport, as well as materials and food production, based on renewable energy.
SDG 11
Through limiting impact on nature's city and cultural landscape, minimising materials and resource waste within the city, and through lowering particle emissions from e.g. transport.
SDG 12
Through using sustainably managed natural resources, reducing food waste, working with sustainable suppliers, and providing guidance for participants on sustainable behaviours.
SDG 13
Through significantly reducing CO2 emissions from travel, transport, materials and food production, both in the event itself and by providing guidance for participants on low-emission behaviours.
SDG 14
Through avoiding plastic, in particular single-use plastics, and by working with suppliers committed to sustainable ocean and ocean life stewardship.
SDG 15
Through reducing overall consumption of natural resources (food and materials), and by only working with suppliers committed to sustainable natural resource management.