Widespread involvement and significant commitment from civil society are needed if the 2030 Agenda is to be implemented meaningfully and effectively by Switzerland and not remain a mere vision. This means strengthening communication and cooperation between organizations from different thematic areas and geographical regions. With this in mind, Alliance Sud, the Swiss Platform for Peacebuilding KOFF, the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions (SGB), and the Environment Alliance invited representatives of Swiss civil society to a conference about the role of civil society in implementing the 2030 Agenda on October 18, 2016.
The 50 participating organizations first mapped their activities to the individual goals of the Agenda to get an overview of how they interact. The form of cooperation was discussed in a second step, expressing the desire for stronger collaboration based on existing platforms and networks. Lastly, the areas of responsibility were identified: the focus lies on the organizations’ capacity to learn from and communicate with each other, increasing awareness among the public and other stakeholders of the 2030 Agenda as well as monitoring Switzerland’s implementation.
Several organizations have already declared themselves willing to work on the further development of an “alliance of alliances”. At the next civil society conference in May, various concepts for the governance of this platform will be put forward and its legal form and most important activities will be defined.
As peace has now become part of the development agenda thanks to Goal 16, KOFF is participating in this process. This provides the peacebuilding platform with a good opportunity to consider peace from a wider perspective and strengthen the nexus between peace and other aspects of the Agenda.