THE 2030 AGENDA AND THE SDGS MARK THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED NATIONS
On September 25, 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the so-called 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . This consists of an action plan in favor of people, the planet and prosperity, which also tries to strengthen universal peace and access to justice. The action raised 17 Objectives with 169 goals of an integrated and indivisible nature that cover the economic, social and environmental spheres.
Through this initiative, 193 member states, including Spain, pledged to mobilize the necessary means, over the next 15 years, to achieve alliances focused on improving the objectives ( SDG ).
The Sustainable Development Goals are a translation of the 2030 Agenda into national and local policies, action plans and budgets that help build a better world and were developed after more than two years of public consultations, interaction with civil society and negotiations between countries.
WHAT DOES THE 2030 AGENDA IMPLY?
The Agenda implies a common and universal commitment. However, as each country faces specific challenges in its pursuit of sustainable development, states have full sovereignty over their wealth, resources, and economic activity, and each is in charge of setting its own national goals.
THE ROLE OF SPAIN
In Spain, the 2030 Agenda has taken on an increasingly important role in recent years. Until now, the Government had a High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda who reported directly to the President of the Government, and who had several functions, among which were:
- Monitoring the actions of the Administration to comply with the SDGs.
- Promotion of plans and strategies.
- Collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in international dialogue.
- Promotion of statistical information systems to prove progress.
- Evaluation, verification and dissemination of the degree of progress in compliance.
In June 2018, the Executive approved the Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda and in September 2019 presented the first report carried out in our country on the monitoring of the Plan.
Today, the 2030 Agenda is one of the objectives within the Vice Presidency of Social Affairs, in which is the responsibility of achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. A task in which we can all collaborate, not only with the big players through global measures but also with small daily actions that help to achieve the different SDGs.