The working groups
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 appointed by 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 has one or more Coordinators and at least one Representative of ASviS’s Secretariat. There are currently two types of working groups:
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 groups 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) Communication and 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.
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.
4) 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.