Between today and 27 September 2015, the United Nations will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will become the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The agenda – that, unlike the Millennium Development Goals, sets universal goals and targets which industrialised countries will also have to achieve by 2030 - provides an ambitious framework able to have an impact on our lives, our planet, the way we produce and consume and the way we live together.
SOLIDAR welcomes all the goals in the SDG framework, but in particular the inclusion, in the proposed goals and targets of decent work for all, universal social protection (target 1.3 Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable); universal health care, education and life-long learning for all; gender equality and namely the target to ‘recognise and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate’ (5.4); the reduction of inequality with particular emphasis on the target focused on fiscal, wage and social protection policies (10.4). However, we would like to strongly underline to reiterate the human rights based approach and in particular Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs) underpinning the 2030 agenda.
Nevertheless, in order for the 2030 Agenda to be effectively implemented and to keep governments and all stakeholders accountable the role of CSOs is key and the development – in a participatory and inclusive way – of a monitoring and accountability process at the national, regional and global level is fundamental.
SOLIDAR and its member organisations are ready to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and are already engaged in promoting the full realisation of the right to social protection for all. As highlighted by Isabel Ortiz, Director of the ILO Social Protection Department, “It is not about a few hand-outs to the most vulnerable. It is about comprehensive systems, strategically designed and implemented to: raise productivity by investing in the workforce and in children, the future labour force; and ensure national consumption by raising household income; and reduce political instability in addition to promoting peace and social cohesion” (See ILO website).