The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change are opportunities to move towards a transformation. If these commitments are met, we have a chance of saving the planet and delivering just outcomes for all people. But this responsibility of us all, not just those we put into political office.
Civil society is a crucial actor in these agendas. It has a key role to play in keeping the spotlight on these commitments, working on implementation, monitoring and holding leaders to account for the promises they have made. This the objectif of Action for Sustainable Development(A4SD), a broad civil society coalition, co- created by the IFP.
In 2015, world leaders adopted a series of agreements to begin a critical shift away from the current unsustainable and unjust development model to a more just, equal and sustainable world. Action for Sustainable Development provides a vital platform to enable and empower an ecosystem of civil society actors, to engage with this broad and ambitious work programme in an effective, collaborative and impactful way. The platform seeks to engage from the community level and is deeply rooted in national and local realities.
Objectives of the platform
Four leading global civil society networks and a number of regional and constituency networks formed A4SD. Building on past campaigns such as Action/2015 and Beyond 2015, this is a powerful civil society alliance, constituting the broadest global civil society platform working on the implementation of the Agenda 2030. The four global civil society networks supporting A4SD are:
• Climate Action Network (CAN) International
• CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation
• Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
• International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP)
Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD) aims to bring citizens and civil society together to inspire and to commit to actions that empower all peoples, especially those who have been marginalised, and in order to collectively tackle the root causes of inequalities, injustice, human rights violations, poverty, environmental degradation and climate change.
While global in nature, the platform has been designed in such a way that it is deeply rooted in national and regional civil society landscapes, building on past initiatives and experiences, and on existing structures and networks, and ensuring flexible participation in ways that correspond best to local circumstances and each member’s priorities.
A highly participative and responsive structure and governance body have been developed which will ensure strategic leadership and steering while being anchored by strong connections to regional, national and local groups. A Facilitation Group is in place and is going to be further strenghtened. Action for Sustainable Development has four work streams: Policy & Advocacy; Monitoring & Accountability ;Innovative Solutions ; Public Mobilisation.
To support this broad base of activities, national and regional level engagement activity will be strengthened. This will be achieved by the provision of different resources such as templates, tools and financial support to national coalitions.
This self-organized civil society platform will allow the networks to find better ways to connect across issues and countries, to promote learning and collaboration especially across development, environment and climate change, and to support citizens to widen and deepen their participation in delivering on the sustainable development commitments.