IBON Int'l and the campaign for people's goals: Page 3 of 3
Posted on 28 May 2013
workshop in Nairobi. The participants were 25 leaders from grassroots organisations and social movements. They discussed the lessons from the MDGs and the Rio process, agreeing that it does not make sense to tackle poverty and environmental challenges in separate agendas.
The workshop assessed the challenges for a truly transformative development framework. On this basis, a joint statement on “People’s goals” was passed. Its ten priority themes are:
1. respect, protect and fulfil human rights,
2. eradicate the roots of poverty, inequality and exclusion,
3. respect planetary boundaries, climate justice and environmental sustainability,
4. ensure full employment and decent livelihoods for all,
5. guarantee adequate social protection for all,
6. uphold gender justice,
7. uphold peoples sovereignty over food systems,
8. establish a fair and just international economic architecture,
9. ensure peace and security based on justice, and
10. uphold democratic governance.
Thus was born the Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development. The Campaign serves as a platform to challenge governments and the multilateral system to address people’s demands and commit to real reforms. The Campaign helps to link the struggles of people’s organisations across the national boundaries, to combine considerations in a cross-sectoral manner to connect struggles at the local and the global levels. The Campaign is an opportunity to work collectively to advance the people’s causes.
Since its inception, the Campaign has further elaborated its common position, embedding it into the formal processes of the UN consultations as well as promoting it in strategic civil-society venues. The Campaign is now recognised as one of the leading civil-society voices from the Global South. But the barriers on the road to a more inclusive post-2015 development agenda remain. The intergovernmental process of “consensus-building” for a post-2015 development framework is just beginning.
To promote democratisation, effectiveness and legitimacy of governance for sustainable development, governments and multilateral institutions should ensure:
- more dedicated spaces and means for dialogue and consensus-building involving civil society as equal stakeholders;
- greater capacity development for grassroots groups, social movements and civil society networks from the Global South to engage in global policy-making and norm-setting arenas; and
- adequate resources for these initiatives.