El Día Después, at the Congress of Deputies of Spain

El Día Después appears before the Joint Committee that coordinates and monitors the Spanish strategy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

On 4th March, the Joint Committee of the Congress of Deputies for the Coordination and Monitoring of the Spanish Strategy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals invited El Día Después to attend their meeting to assess the evolution of this agenda while also taking into account that there are only 10 years remaining to reach the goals. 

The President of the Spanish Network for Sustainable Development (REDS), Leire Pajín, attended the meeting on behalf of El Día Después and took the opportunity to highlight the role of the 2030 Agenda as a valid roadmap to overcome the pandemic crisis which has made us more aware of the profound transformations that need to be carried out.

We will not be able to overcome this crisis or meet the 2030 Agenda if we cannot build several and diverse alliances.

In this sense, Leire Pajín outlined the importance of common and public goods, the connection between different fields of knowledge and perspectives, public-private alliances and active collaboration between all countries and stakeholders to guarantee global human security.

Furthermore, she valued the usefulness of the General Guidelines of the 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy and, in this sense, thanked the committee for the participatory effort and dedication to these guidelines, while also searching for the greatest possible political and social consensus in order to guarantee continuity.

Leire Pajín gave suggestions to improve the General Guidelines of the 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy, referring to incorporating the 17 SDGs into it, detailing the contribution that is intended to be made to specific goals for each challenge, with an adapted monitoring, assessment and accountability framework.

She also highlighted the importance of improving global governance as a significant aspect of sustainable development with a holistic multi-stakeholder perspective from local to global, highlighting, on the one hand, the role of the European Union and, on the other hand, the leadership that local governments and institutions have had from when the 2030 Agenda was implemented.

After almost a year of the pandemic, Pajín also wanted to outline the need to include the lessons we have learnt over the last months. Among these lessons are the contribution that science and research have had to achieve the SDGs or the need to incorporate a broader approach to health that includes all policies, in every sector and in all actions developed, by public administrations, companies and civil society.

We need to improve collaboration systems and look for efficient and flexible participation formats
Una hoja de ruta para renovar el contrato social

On March 22, on the other hand, Cristina Monge, also a member of the El Día Después platform, appeared before the Congress of Deputies to show why we need to renew the social contract in our country (Download speech in PDF, in Spanish).

Aunque la COVID-19 ha acentuado tendencias previas como el incremento de la desigualdad o la polarización del debate público, para Monge la pandemia también ha traído consigo tendencias nuevas, como la recuperación de la centralidad de los servicios públicos, y el papel del conocimiento y de la ciencia.

Cristina Monge destaca tres elementos en la imagen como sociedad que nos devuelve la pandemia: Somos interdependientes, somos ecodependientes y estamos atemorizados por la incertidumbre.

Por ello, Monge plantea la renovación del contrato social ya en marcha tomando la Agenda 2030 como marco global, compartido y de largo plazo.

Alignment of parliamentary groups with the 2030 Agenda

The majority of political representatives of the Commission highlighted the importance of moving forward and accelerating this agenda.

Sara Jiménez, deputy of Ciudadanos, said that “the SDGs should be assessed in the short and medium term to understand if the measures in place are sufficient or not”. Alberto Fabra, from Partido Popular, highlighted the need to “oversee that the 2030 Agenda is reached to facilitate the control by society”. 

Alliances were also highlighted as essential to reach the SDGs. María Isabel Vaquero, from EAJ-PNV, mentioned that “the 2030 Agenda does not have much future without alliances”; Ismael Cortés, from Unidas Podemos, recalled the importance of “the economy of common good as a paradigm that overcomes the dichotomy between the public and private sectors”; Tomás Guitarte, from Teruel Existe, highlighted rural land as that “aimed at supporting a large part of the changes that are coming”; and María Carvalho, from the Republican Group, asked to explicitly mention immigrants and their contributions to this agenda. 

Finally, Cristina Narbona, from PSOE appealed to the importance of scientific knowledge “because the pandemic is a consequence of the loss of biodiversity, aggravated by climate change”.

Deputy María Magdalena Nevado, from Vox, was the only one against the 2030 Agenda, considering it an ideological agenda.

Intervention by Leire Pajín (El Día Después)

Intervention by Alberto Fabra (Grupo Popular)

Intervention by Sara Jiménez (Ciudadanos)

Intervention by María Isabel Vaquero (EAJ-PNV)

Intervention by Cristina Narbona (Grupo Socialista)

Intervention by Ismael Cortés (Unidas Podemos)

Intervention by María Carvalho (G. Republicano)

Intervention by Tomás Guitarte (Teruel Existe)

Intervention by Cristina Monge (El Día Después)

Differential value of El Día Después

Leire Pajín indicated that “we need comprehensive and systemic approaches, policies and investments. We need to improve collaboration systems and look for efficient and flexible participation formats to generate multi-stakeholder, multi-sector and multi-level collaboration networks, beyond the conventional experiences of public-private collaboration”.

And she used El Día Después as an example, an “alliance of unlikely stakeholders” where social, economic, environmental and governance challenges posed by the SDGs are addressed through collective intelligence.

The El Día Después platform promotes collaboration in different knowledge and practice communities that share experiences and contribute to designing public policies and generating initiatives by means of an incubator of transformative alliances. 

Full meeting of the Joint Committee to follow up the Spanish strategy to achieve the SDGs

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