D-30 before the High-Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals to be held at the United Nations in July. Ahead of this major international meeting, Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, launched an information and awareness-raising website on Monday 18 June on the implementation of the "Agenda 2030".
Ahe seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the heart of the sustainable development agenda to 2030 - or "Agenda 2030" - adopted on 25 September 2015 by the 193 member states of the United Nations. This collectively adopted sustainable development agenda commits to achieving these 17 goals by 2030. It aims to mobilize the countries of the world to end all forms of poverty, combat inequality and fight climate change.
In France, the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, is leading the national implementation of SDOs, in conjunction with civil society organizations.
"The Climate Plan, the national biodiversity strategy, the roadmap for the circular economy and the Water Forum are all projects that we have launched to make Agenda 2030 concrete and that I will present next July in New York. To succeed in the challenge of a planet based on solidarity, we need everyone. This is why I am launching www.agenda-2030.fr, which should become the reference site on France's implementation of the sustainable development objectives. says Brune Poirson.
The site www.agenda-2030.fr aims to raise awareness of Agenda 2030 among citizens and stakeholders in society. Exemplary projects, local initiatives or awareness-raising events will be regularly promoted. The most "inspiring" approaches will also serve as models for companies, elected officials or associations that would like to take up the sustainable development objectives.
The site is launched one month before the next High-Level Political Forum in July 2018, which represents a particular challenge for the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, since it is responsible for steering the implementation of five of the six sustainable development objectives on the agenda: Clean water and sanitation (SDO 6), clean and affordable energy (SDO 7), sustainable cities and communities (SDO 11), responsible consumption and production (SDO 12), terrestrial biodiversity (SDO 15) and partnerships (SDO 17).
Accountability, inclusiveness, transversality and universality, at the heart of the challenges of Agenda 2030
This new agenda is based on the principle that all countries, without exception, are in the process of sustainable development, which remains an optimum to be achieved, thus abandoning the division between countries of the South and countries of the North, between industrialized countries and developing or emerging countries. It presupposes a revision or improvement of the model of society and the social contract carried by each country.
To this end, the approach accompanying Agenda 2030 proposes to carry out an inventory and annual implementation reviews based on indicators showing how far countries have progressed and how far they still have to go.
All countries in the United Nations, all reputed to be on the path to sustainable development, have thus committed themselves to implementing all of these objectives for increased accountability. This obligation to account for its commitments strongly compels countries to engage in awareness-raising and educational initiatives on Agenda 2030 for civil society, which is generally not involved in the subject, and to include it in the implementation process.
There is therefore an issue of accessibility by citizens to the different elements that make up the agenda and structure its implementation, in terms of understanding and availability of information. The creation of a MOOC1 and the construction of a web platform, in France, will contribute to this effort of popularisation and pedagogy, and even in the long term to the deployment of amplified citizen participation.