The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) was established on 3 February 2016, at the initiative of the Unipolis Foundation and the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. Its aim is to raise the awareness of Italian society, economic stakeholders and institutions about the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to mobilise them in order to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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 800 professionals designated by ASviS’s over 300 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 counts one or more Coordinators and at least one Representative of ASviS’s Secretariat. There are currently two types of working groups: those on specific SDGs; those on cross-cutting issues: the development of indicators to track the progress towards the SDGs; finance for sustainable development; culture for sustainable development; business confederations for sustainable development; foundations; advocacy and communication activities; sustainable development education, youth organizations.
Plenary sessions of the platform are organised every 6 months.
The Alliance organises three main events each year. This includes an analysis of the Italian Budget Law, highlighting which SDGs it affects the most. The annual report ‘Italy and the Sustainable Development Goals’ tracks the progress on each SDG in Italy, its regions, and Europe (both as a whole and for each member state). The report also contains policy recomendations and is presented to the Italian governemnt and policymakers. The Sustainable Development Festival (Festival dello Sviluppo Sostenibile) is a national awareness-raising campaign organised by the Alliance every year to promote and spread a culture of sustainability in Italian society. ASviS organises the festival together with its members and with the support of its partners, over the course of 17 days, as many as the number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) envisaged by the 2030 Agenda. The initiative constitutes a single large-scale, inclusive and widespread event.
To learn more about Asvis actitivities please check the website.
In Italy, there are other networks working on sustainable development. For example, the Forum of the Third Sector is the bigger association representing non-profit CSOs has increased its role in enhancing commitments to sustainable development. Other networks and associations of CSOs are campaigning for sustainable development being more focused on social or environmental issues. GCAP Italy is one of these networks. It is more engaged on social inequalities, asking for a more transformative agenda.
Considering the complexity of these networks, the Italian government with the Ministry of Environment has decided to create the Forum on SD in 2019, where all these networks can be represented and consulted.
Number: Over 300
Global Justice and Development, Environment, Climate Justice, Tax Justice, Transparency and fight against corruption, Human rights Feminist / Women rights defenders/ Gender discrimination, Farmers and agroecology, Refugees and migration, Youth Trade Unions, Social, Disabilities and inclusion, Others.
Main benefits for members:
Being part of the most important Italian network dedicated to sustainable development; sharing best practices and knowledge.