Take action for a sustainable Maastricht!

Join The Global Day of Action for the SDGs

On Tuesday 25 September 2018, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will celebrate their third anniversary and all around the world people will be paying attention to the Global Goals. This initiative is called 'The Global Day of Action', because: everyone can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030!

The SDGs are 17 global goals for positive change, aimed at meeting the greatest challenges of our time. That sounds big, but starts small in every community: with ideas and initiatives from people and local institutions, organizations and companies.

For example, together with CNME, we will organize a class on the SDGs in every school in Maastricht, in the week of 24 September (the same week as "The Week of the Green Footsteps"). Schools can use the SDG campaign "The World's Largest Lesson", with a lot of inspiring teaching material. But there will be many more activities in Maastricht!

Join us! We invite the Maastricht municipality, citizens, businesses, restaurants, schools, institutes and organizations to join us on September 25 during the Global Day of Action for the SDGs. Do you also want to put Maastricht on the map as a sustainable city? Do you have inspiring ideas and do you want to take action? Let us know!

Learn more: http://sdgactioncampaign.org/tag/global-day-of-action/ , http://act4sdgs.org/ and https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/ 

Newsletter Mondiaal Maastricht - July 2018

Hurray our Mondiaal Maastricht Newsletter [in Dutch] is online! Curious to know what Mondiaal Maastricht has been doing these past three months? Interested which enthusiastic new people took place on our Board? Are you excited to learn more about our future activities? Click on the link.

Have fun reading about our adventures and have a great summer holiday!




Summer Holidays

The office of Mondiaal Maastricht is closed during the summer months from 9 July to 19 August 2018. We will be ready to welcome you again on Monday, August 20, 2018. Happy Holidays!

New Board Members

On June 18, Mondiaal Maastricht was happy and proud to welcome four new members of the Board. Our Board now consists of:

  • Guido Reehuis - Chairman - Director of Administrative-Legal Affairs, Maastricht University
  • José Manuel Gomez - Treasurer - Commercial Operations Manager for EMEA, Medtronic
  • Maren Slangen - Secretary Msc. - Student UNU-MERIT | City Council member Municipality of Maastricht
  • Dr. Daniel Michaud Maturana - Senior lecturer Hotel Management School Maastricht - Zuyd University
  • Nel Knapen - Opbouwwerker Trajekt
  • Peter Hendriks - Retired. Previously Consultant and Director of a Shoe Factory in Congo and Zambia
  • Hans Moleman - Journalist and Author of De Rode Miljardair (2015) and Made in Afrika (2018)

Welcome everyone! We are grateful to be working with a strong team of enthusiastic and dedicated people for a sustainable, peaceful and socio-economically just world.



New Chairman of the Board

Farewell Martin Starren

On June 18th, we said goodbye to Chairman Martin Starren. Martin took over the chairmanship of Mondiaal Maastricht after the death of Chairman Hans van Hees in October 2016. He has led the foundation with great dedication and we are grateful that he will remain involved as an advisor to the board until the end of 2018.

When he left, Martin indicated that he looked back with great satisfaction and pleasure on the seven and a half years that he, as Treasurer and later as Chairman, was allowed to be part of the board. That would not have been possible without the cooperation of all those people, volunteers, interns, coordinators - who feel involved in the objectives that Mondiaal Maastricht stands for.

Welcome Guido Reehuis

Guido Reehuis (36) took over from Martin Starren on 18 June. Guido is Director of Administrative-Legal Affairs at Maastricht University.

"I'm originally from Venlo, but came to Maastricht for my studies. After a couple of years abroad, I am now living again in Maastricht (Borgharen), together with my wife Céline. Céline is originally from Canada and when I ask her why she doesn't want to leave Maastricht, she answers that the combination of local culture and international character appeals to her. I share that sentiment. For me it is important that you can be active locally, but at the same time feel connected to the rest of the world. I believe that many small acts - whether about sustainability, or asking for attention for (political) freedom and human rights - together lead to great impact. That conviction makes me proud that I, together with a team of enthusiastic and practical people, will form the board of Mondiaal Maastricht. After all, Mondiaal Maastricht has the goal to connect our local lives with the global world, for example by actively engaging in sustainable development goals (SDGs), but also in human rights (the Shelter City initiative). "


Nathalie Ummels

Nathalie Ummels (42) started as the new Coordinator of Mondiaal Maastricht on 16 May. She takes over the task from Jan Cornelissen. But who is Nathalie? Below she briefly introduces herself.

"I am originally from Maastricht and together with my American husband Atticus and our three children we live in my beautiful hometown. Before I started at Mondiaal Maastricht, I worked for Maastricht University for 15 years, first at the R&D department at FHML and later at the Center for European Studies (CES / SSC). Last year, with our family, we made a big roadtrip of 6 months through the United States where we camped a lot and stayed with friends and family. That journey showed me how beautiful our earth is and how important it is to ensure that the next generations can also enjoy it. When I returned, I started studying sustainability and education (Education for Sustainable Development at the Earth Charter Center and University for Peace in Costa Rica) and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The idea is that these goals will be achieved in 2030. This is called the Agenda 2030. Almost all countries in the world have committed themselves to this, including the Netherlands.

The goals seem very diverse initially, from banishing hunger and extreme poverty to tackling climate change and promoting clean energy, but there is a connection. Because the same underlying values contribute to the exploitation of nature and people. These are, as it were, symptoms of the same disease. In addition, the current environmental and climate problems are so serious that they pose a direct threat to human well-being, especially in vulnerable countries. It is therefore logical that Mondiaal Maastricht has taken the step to look at the world with a broad, sustainable view. We are not alone in this. Everywhere in Maastricht, companies, schools, institutes, the municipality are engaged in formulating sustainable policy and action based on the 17 SDG’s. These goals function as a kind of common language, which makes collaboration easier and more effective.

Mondiaal Maastricht is setting up a Maastricht SDG Platform in which local initiatives are brought together. We also aim to create more awareness in Maastricht about the SDG’s. This will keep me busy in the coming months. At the end of June I will be in Berlin for a special training with Al Gore: the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training. In addition, I will continue to coordinate the Shelter City program with Maastricht University, Amnesty International and the municipality and we are already slowly starting preparations for our El Dunya festival 2019. Through our website and social media I will keep you posted as much as possible. Please don’t hesitate to visit the office. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm and on Wednesday from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. On Monday and Friday we work by appointment. See you soon! "