Since its adoption by the U.N. General Assembly in September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has challenged international organisations, governments, and a wide range of private sector and civil society stakeholders to work towards 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are applicable to all countries and contexts.
Each year in July, the U.N. convenes a High-level Political Forum in order to focus attention on progress toward a limited number of SDGs. With SDG’s 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17 under review in 2018, the spotlight is shining on issues such as water and sanitation, energy, cities, sustainable consumption and production, ecosystem health and global partnership for development. Many Sant Pau resident institutions manage projects and programmes in these spheres, thus contributing knowledge and analysis to this annual progress check.
For example, UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Programme and Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance are providing valuable input to debates on sustainable and resilient cities. The two offices have sent representatives to Forum panel discussions and side events. GWOPA also participated in a briefing session on the complexities of delivering safe, affordable, accessible and sufficient water and sanitation services around the world.
Likewise, the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Production and Consumption (SCP/RAC), coordinator of the SwitchMed Mediterranean network for eco-entrepreneurship, has teamed up with other regional “Switch” networks and the European Union’s “Switch to Green” initiative to organize a side event analysing the impact of their work and its contribution to SDG 12 on sustainable production and consumption.
In June, many resident institutions also participated in European Week for Sustainable Development at Sant Pau. The main event was an open doors/information day at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, which aimed to raise public awareness about the SDGs. With the participation of the European Forest Institute, the WHO Barcelona Office, Barcelona International Public Policy Office, Climate Infrastructure Partnership, SCP/RAC and UN-Habitat, the programme offered a wide array of educational activities and informative materials about the 2030 Agenda.