Netherlands Vs. Other Countries in Sustainable Development Goals

Manners, David. “The State of Gender Equality Across Europe”. Electronics Weekly, 10 March 2020,

After looking at the report for the Netherlands I immediately went to check out Sweden, I knew it would be ranked number 1, and it was. I was surprised I didn’t find more green goals, only four, but the Netherlands only has one so that fits. They have one green goal in common, No Poverty, and two red goals in common, climate action and responsible consumption and production. I was surprised at these red goals, the northern European countries are ones that you tend to think are taking climate change seriously and doing well on environmental matters. Upon further investigation the biggest barriers for climate action for both Sweden and the Netherlands is energy related Co2 emissions and CO2 emissions embodied in imports. They also share red indicators on the responsible consumption and production goal. To me, it was surprising when compared to a country like Vietnam who has achieved the climate action and responsible consumption and production goal, who I don’t think of as being especially eco-friendly but then you think about Vietnam’s 261.9 billion GDP vs 907.1 billion for the Netherlands and 530.9 billion for Sweden and maybe there’s something there- it may not be that Sweden and the Netherlands aren’t doing anything or are bad about electronic waste and CO2 emissions, but they just have so much more, that it takes more time and more resources to get to the same place Vietnam is at now. There are other countries like Zambia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone in which climate action and responsible consumption are their only two green goals.

Very few countries have a green “gender equality” goal, and honestly, I don’t see too many more countries jumping on the gender equality band wagon anytime soon- at least to make it a green goal- yellow, maybe. For the Netherlands, it says the number of women in parliament and the gender wage gap are negatively affecting the Netherlands’ score for this goal which is very similar to other countries.

I found lots of developed nations that had a green, zero poverty goal, also had a red or orange no hunger goal, so that seemed odd but if you look at the indicators, it’s because most people don’t have a mostly vegetarian diet and the level of obesity is higher than than they would like. This seems like a interesting indicator- I don’t know that I would subscribe a lowered obesity rate as an overall goal or look at that as part of a “no hunger” goal.


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