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Activities & Partnerships

Activities

In 2016, its first year of activity, the Alliance achieved a number of positive results: it published its first Report on September 28th and presented its contents to the President of the Republic in December, it launched the website www.asvis.it to disseminate information and news on sustainable development and collaborated with the Ministry of the environment, land and sea (Mattm) and the Ministry on education, university and scientific research (Miur) to promote and share the culture of sustainable development.

The year 2017 also brought forth great results, such as the launch of the first Sustainable Development Festival, that saw 221 events on the 2030 Agenda spread across all national territory from May 22nd to June 7th. Moreover:

  • The Alliance directed its efforts towards the inclusion, by political parties, of the principles of the 2030 Agenda in electoral programmes. It did so by calling parties to confrontation on January 31st in an event titled “Politics and the challenge of sustainable development”;
  • The website www.asvis.it expanded its reach, turning into a unique platform to gather information on sustainable development and learn more about the 17 SDGs through specific websites dedicated to each Goal;
  • ASviS’s presence on social media (especially Twitter and Facebook) also expanded significantly, as did the number of page followers;
  • Along with the over 250 civil society organizations of the “Europe Ambition 2030” coalition, ASviS promoted a document advancing a “Sixth scenario for Europe. The document suggests placing sustainable development at the centre of the future European strategy and was presented to the EU Commission in June;
  • In the field of sustainable development education, the Alliance designed an e-learning course on the 2030 Agenda for schools and teachers, organized and initiated the ASviS-Miur contest for schools on the SDGs, and contributed to the launch of three university Master’s degrees;
  • The Alliance’s network of members grew significantly, as did ASviS's activities, with the result that four new working groups were launched (“Sustainable development education”, “Analytical models”, “Indicators” and “Sustainable development in the legal system”);
  • ASviS developed statistical tools to monitor Italy’s pace of implementation of the SDGs and an analytical model to evaluate the impact of various policies. Results can be read by accessing the Alliance’s new database;
  • The Alliance saw Italian municipalities commit to sustainability through an “Agenda for sustainable urban development”, co-drafted by ASviS and Urban@it, the National center for urban policy studies;
  • As for the business sector, during the Festival event which took place in Milan on June 1st, “Business and finance 2030: the engine of sustainable development”, the representatives of a number of Italian entrepreneurial and financial associations signed a joint declaration (promoted by ASviS) to foster innovation for sustainable development;
  • At government level, the Sustainable Development Festival’s closing event saw the Prime Minister endorsing ASviS’s proposals (outlined in its 2016 Report) concerning the implementation and governance of the Italian Sustainable Development Strategy;
  • On September 28th, the Alliance presented its 2017 Report, detailing Italy’s position vis à vis the SDGs and illustrating, through innovative statistical and analytical tools, concrete policy proposals to enhance the population’s quality of life, reduce inequalities and protect the environment, as well as assessing the impact of suggested policies up to 2030.

The year 2017 still hasn’t come to a close: in the months to come, the Alliance’s efforts will be primarily directed at making sure the issues of the 2030 Agenda are duly taken into consideration by the political actors who will constitute Italy’s ruling class for the next five years.

 


 

Partnerships

At the international level, ASviS is:

  • an Associated Partner of the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN), the informal network of institutional entities, associations and experts that have been working on sustainable development policies and strategies since 2003;
  • a member of SDG Watch Europe, an EU-level, cross-sectoral CSO alliance of NGOs focusing on development, environment, social, human rights and other sectors;
  • part of the United Nations Partnerships for SDGs platform, which provides global engagement for multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments from all stakeholders devoted to support the implementation of the SDGs;
  • registered in the EU Transparency Register, jointly run by the EU Parliament and Commission;
  • a member of Europe Ambition 2030, a civil society coalition launched by ASviS and other international organizations with the aim of revising EU governance and policies in the light of the SDGs so as to turn them into the basis for all EU actions.

At national level, ASviS:

  • is part of Global Compact Network Italia and Sustainable Development Solutions Network Italia. The former is a Foundation whose mission is to apply the UN’s Global Compact to the Italian context, whereas the latter is part of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network coordinated by J. Sachs and responds to the UN’s call for cooperation in promoting sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda in Italy.
  • Closely collaborates with the Italian network of universities for sustainable development (Rete delle università per lo sviluppo sostenibile, Rus), a network established by the Conference of Italian University Rectors. The Rus works to spread best practices of sustainability, both within and beyond Universities, by acting as a forum to share competencies and experiences so as to increase the positive environmental, social and economic impacts of actions put in place by universities. The network currently comprises over 50 Italian universities.

 

Updated: October 2017

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