local Impact Tour

09 Nov 2017

local Impact Tour

Do you want to meet Amsterdam residents and their social impact projects? Meet citizen acting for community development and hear their personal story and motivation. Starters4Communities has supported 75 impact projects around Amsterdam and will select the hidden jewels of the city especially for you!

Join us for this inspirational tour and get to know three local impact projects that make a difference in the area of Education, Employment, Climate Change or Social Equality.

Get to see and talk with people who are doing inspiring impact projects around the congress main themes and experience firsthand what locals in Amsterdam are undertaking to improve their communities.

The themes

The world has achieved progress towards reducing inequalities and women empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals, including equal access to primary education between girls and boys. But women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Climate Change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow.

People are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, which include changing weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events. The greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change and continue to rise. They are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is projected to rise over the 21st century and is likely to surpass 3 degrees Celsius this century—with some areas of the world expected to warm even more. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. In too many places, being employed doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.

A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well beyond 2015.

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools, particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. .

All of these aspects will be highlighted through this insightful and uplifting Amsterdam Impact tour. Please join us and experience the great work people around the city are doing that make their local community a better place.