Action/2015 was a citizen-led movement that united hundreds of organizations all over the world, linked by their commitment against poverty, inequality, and climate change in the year 2015.
RACI, which was chosen to represent Action/2015 in Argentina, led social organizations, environmental organizations, popular movements, student-led movements, women’s rights movements, indigenous and community movements to mobilize themselves.
The objective was to take the UN Assembly the Climate Change Convention with a developed, consensual position between all sectors of society.
Table Discussions about the 16 Sustainable Development Goals
At the time of the election of the next Sustainable Development Goals, RACI, with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, offered two Table Discussions so that the Argentine Civil Society Organizations and political figures could debate about the prioritization of certain issues.
The Sustainable Development Goals are universal goals with a shared global vision of attaining a space that is safe, fair, and sustainable for all. The objectives have been considered ambitious and challenging for the participating countries.
The Table Discussions were promoted by RACI, and focused on Sustainable Development Goals 16, whose goal is “to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, to facilitate universal access to justice, and to construct responsible, inclusive, and effective institutions at all levels.” During the two days that these discussions were carried out, there was a debate about which subtopics to take into account, and these issues were prioritized by which ones most responded to the real necessities in Argentina, according to the view of the different participants that attended.
In order to continue working on 17 new sustainable development goals, RACI, with the support of the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) and the Canadian Embassy, joined the initiative “Leave No One Behind,” a series of national dialogues in order to bring minority communities together.
During half the work day, representatives of civil society organizations, the public sector, the private sector and Academia, met in a session of deliberate debate where eighteen representatives of various minority groups exposed the difficulties that they have in order to make their voices heard before the decision makers, adding this action to the global campaign.
The three main objectives of the National Dialogues are: to identify the most marginalized communities in need of priority access to resources and programs that are being mobilized by the Sustainable Development Goals; to find and support innovative solutions of civil society covering this need for access; and to coordinate the commitment and efforts of the civil society in the implementation and monitoring of “Leave No One Behind.”
Because of this, the network convened representatives of different communities or representatives that work with the following topics: gender, indigenous peoples, different types of disabilities, migrants and refugees, unions, senior citizens, LGBTQ, ethnic and religious minorities, rural populations, Human Rights, the environment, maintaining peace, strengthening of citizenship, housing and the economically inactive population. Each speaker participated in a panel where he/she showed the audience the difficulties of access that have to be taken into account and that influence the discussions that will change the future of their community.
The actors involved, from different sectors, managed to establish good practice and potential tools that would facilitate the coming together of the most relegated communities and their integration in the creation and implementation of projects that don’t permit that anyone it left behind.