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ASviS

The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) was established on February 3rd, 2016, upon the initiative of the Unipolis Foundation and the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. Its aim is to raise the awareness of the Italian society, economic stakeholders and institutions about the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to mobilize them in order to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Alliance already brings together over 180 of the most important civil society institutions and networks, such as: associations representing social partners (businesses, trade unions and third sector associations); networks of civil society associations pursuing specific Goals (health, education, employment, environment quality, gender equality, etc.); associations of local public administrations; public and private universities and research centres; associations of stakeholders working in the fields of culture and information; foundations and networks of foundations; Italian organizations that are members of international networks dealing with the SDGs.

This website and the weekly and monthly newsletters provide thousands of readers and users with a continuous flow of information on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Italy and worldwide, as well as on the results of ongoing research on issues related to the SDGs. 

 


 

The Alliance’s Working groups on the SDGs

The Alliance carries out its activities through the work of the Secretariat and a number of ad hoc working groups. The latter rely on the expertise of over 300 professionals from ASviS’s member organizations and serve as forums for the discussion of specific issues related to the SDGs, the elaboration of policy/project proposals and the exchange of best practices.

Each working group counts one or more Coordinators and at least one Representative of ASviS’s Secretariat. There are currently two types of working groups:

  • 14 working groups on specific SDGs;
  • 5 on cross-cutting issues, such as: the development of indicators to track the progress towards the SDGs; the tracking and evaluation of the notion of sustainable development in the legal system; the elaboration of analytical models to assess alternative policy scenarios; advocacy and communication activities; sustainable development education.

Working groups on the SDGs

Each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be explored through dedicated sub-websites (ex/ www.asvis.it/goal1) where users can learn more on the SDG and on the activities of the working group. Each website details the Goal’s Targets as established by the UN, the description of Italy’s current position in relation to the Goal, specific news, detailed studies carried out by experts, events, documents and information on the composition of the working group for that Goal. The section “Contatti” (contacts) allows users to request information or contact the working group. Each SDG website can be accessed by clicking on the SDG logo on the website’s homepage slider. Users can return to the homepage by clicking on the SDG wheel icon. ASviS’s SDG websites are constantly updated, making this platform a unique tool for those who wish to be informed about sustainable development in Italy and worldwide.

Working group on cross-cutting issues

1)    Sustainable development education

Sustainable development education has a strategic function in the framework laid down by the 2030 Agenda, and ASviS has been working hard to deliver concrete results for Italy in this field. On the one hand, the Alliance’s efforts are directed at making sure the country develops a national strategy for global citizenship education, just like other EU countries. On the other, it aims at promoting, also through the Memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education, University and Research (Miur), education and training projects for students, teachers and families. In this context, ASviS already: launched a national contest for schools titled “Let’s score 17 Goals. Transforming our world. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”; developed a 120-minute e-learning course on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs; gathered and collected teaching material from its member organizations, classifying files thematically and in relation to each Goal so as for schools to be able to use them (available here); established partnerships with schools in the context of the National Operational Program (Programma Operativo Nazionale, Pon). Furthermore, ASviS intends to support the process initiated with Miur’s National plan for teacher training, announced on October 2016, especially for what concerns global citizenship competencies.

2)    Advocacy

The Alliance’s advocacy activities are directed at integrating the SDGs in its member organizations’ strategies, programmes and plans, as well as integrating sustainable development principles into institutional activities. The Alliance also supports information campaigns concerning sustainable development and identifies suitable actions to encourage the Government to adopt a national sustainable development strategy in line the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

3)    Sustainable development in the legal system

This working group: explores how the concept of sustainable development fits into the Italian legal system; monitors the national state of implementation of the SDGs, also with respect to other countries (especially in the EU context); analyses pathways to achieve the goals. It also communicates international organizations’ recommendations on the 2030 Agenda so as to facilitate Italy's adoption of coherent policies and practices.

4)    Indicators

The working group on statistical indicators gathers data from the Italian national institute for statistics (Istat) and other sources in order to present ASviS’s members and other users with disaggregated sets of data (by region, gender etc.). The group also developed a database of indicators describing Italy’s position with respect to the SDGs and featuring composite indicators for each Goal. Access the database.

5)    Analytical Models

This working group evaluates the impact of policies on the SDGs and works in close collaboration with the working group on indicators as well as those on specific SDGs. The group on analytical models recently developed a statistical prediction model to simulate the impact of alternative sustainable development policies. 

 

 

Updated: October 2017

 

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