Will Italy succeed in drastically reducing poverty, unemployment and inequalities, protecting the environment and combating climate change, improving the population’s quality of life and building resilient infrastructure? How is the country doing with respect to the UN’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed to by countries all over the world two years ago? How can Italy design effective policies to bridge the existing gaps with other countries and achieve the Targets set for 2020 and 2030 to become economically, socially and environmentally sustainable? Over the past year, did the Government adopt suitable measures to respond to the challenges of our time? For the second year in a row, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) has addressed these questions in its report “Italy and the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The 2017 report features an in-depth analysis of the Italian position vis-à-vis the 17 SDGs. It represents a unique instrument to understand the 2030 Agenda’s state of implementation in Italy, also thanks to its use of innovative synthetic indicators and analytical tools that not only depict Italy’s current position with respect to the SDGs, but also advance scenarios for the evolution of the country to 2030 on the basis of the adoption of different policies. Thanks to the work of over 300 experts from ASviS’s 175-member organizations, the report also assesses the policies the Government put in place over the past year and advances policy proposals for the coming months (those within the terms of the current legislature) and the following, to bring Italy on a pathway to sustainable development.
The report, which ASviS has presented at the Italian Parliament and discussed with the Italian Minister of Economy and Finances Pier Carlo Padoan, sets out proposals in seven different areas representing an aggregation of the 17 Goals: climate change and energy; poverty and inequalities; circular economy, innovation and employment; human capital, health and education; natural capital and environment quality; cities, infrastructure and social capital; and international cooperation.
It highlights that, notwithstanding the progress made in certain areas during the last few years, Italy continues to fall short of a condition of sustainable development. However, throughout the past year attention to the 2030 Agenda significantly grew in Italy, also thanks to the work of the Alliance. Nevertheless, with respect to the 17 SDGs, Italy is lagging behind, especially in the adoption of fundamental strategies for the future of the country.
In addition, ASviS dedicated 17 days to the 17 SDGs through an integrated email, website and social media awareness campaign which aimed to promote key findings of the report. The “One Goal a day” campaign from 2 to 18 October reached over 150K impressions on social media.
More information on the report can be found here – http://www.asvis.it/asvis-report-2017.
The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) aims to raise the awareness of the Italian society, economic stakeholders and institutions about the importance of the Sustainable Development Agenda, and to mobilize them in order to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals. It brings together over 180 of the most important civil society institutions and networks.