Sustainable Development Goals: for commitments that meet the challenges!

Cher-e-s ami-e-s de la Jai Jagat, Vous trouverez en lien ci-dessous une tribune publiée aujourd'hui dans Médiapart concernant les ODD de l'ONU en lien avec la politique actuelle de la France en termes de solidarité internationale. Cette tribune émane du CRID, partenaire officiel en France de la Jai Jagat. Je vous l'ai rapidement traduite en Anglais ci-dessous parce qu'elle illustre parfaitement l'idée que les ODD peuvent être un excellent outil pour mettre les Etats signataires comme la France devant leurs responsabilités. C'est à mon avis l'approche la plus pertinente pour faire avancer les choses plutôt que de rejeter en bloc les ODD. Bonne lecture et à bientôt. Jai Jagat! ----- Dear friends of Jai Jagat, You will find below an opinion piece published today in Médiapart concerning the SDGs in relation to France's current policy in terms of international solidarity. This platform comes from the CRID, official partner in France of Jai Jagat. I have quickly translated it into English below because it illustrates perfectly the idea that the SDGs can be an excellent tool to put signatory states like France in front of their responsibilities. This, in my opinion, is the most relevant approach to getting things done rather than rejecting the SDGs as a whole. Enjoy reading and see you soon. Jai Jagat! Sustainable Development Goals: for commitments that meet the challenges! The French government is participating in the High Level Political Forum, for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, from 16 to 18 July. Many associative actors belonging to the CRID (Center for Research and Information on Development) expect that France's commitments are up to the stakes and recall that "a society of effective rights is possible only if it is based on ambitious solidarity policies and universal services accessible to all. " While the inequalities have never been so high in the world, the participation of the French government in the High Level Political Forum, main pole of the UN for the review of the progress made in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from July 16 to 18, is eagerly awaited by the international solidarity associations. What would we like to hear from him? The CRID (Center for Research and Information on Development), which brings together dozens of associative actors active daily, in France and in the countries of the South, to ensure effective access to rights (subsistence, health, water , education, training, housing, justice, asylum ...) is waiting for the commitments of France to be up to it. The adoption by the UN in 2015 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030, which cover most of the universal rights of the declaration of 10 December 1948 (already 70 years old), creates a huge expectation the stakes are crucial for all the countries of the planet, including for access to rights in France. While the government made the decision to increase official development assistance from 0.35 percent to 0.55 percent of GNP in five years (the international community's commitment is 0.7 percent and five European countries contribute 1%), we will be very attentive to the choices announced for the use of these funds. Economic globalization has shown how all our societies are interdependent and therefore related. Predation of raw materials is intensifying. Industrial employment, declining in the North, is developing in the South with, as here, more precariousness. The global agri-food industry endangers hundreds of millions of farmers and access to quality affordable food. The organization of education systems favors the needs of executives in already stronger countries. Without calling into question the pure logic of the market, there is no universal access to possible medicines. This 2030 agenda allows us to better understand the interrelationships between economic, social and environmental inequalities. Economic inequalities are a factor of unsustainability with impacts on health and the environment, and environmental disruptions reinforce inequalities and social tensions. Faced with these facts and for real international solidarity, the government must not stop at the goal of a society of equal opportunities. We consider that a society of effective rights is only possible if it is based on ambitious solidarity policies and universal services accessible to all. Repeated affirmations by the President of the Republic lead us to ask questions: will official development aid first go to particular economic interests in the hope that they will eventually result in a "just" spontaneous distribution? Will it commit itself resolutely to people's access to fundamental rights (education, health, food)? Will the French government, and with it the European Union, agree not to use the funding of development aid for the fight against migration and for security? This year France will produce a "milestone" on the occasion of the high level forum. Within a year, in this same forum, the opportunity is given to States and civil society actors to assert themselves on the priorities of France and to report on the progress of Objective 10 aimed at reducing inequalities within and between countries. We expect the French government to live up to the universal message of the SDGs by applying them in France with the same level of demand. While access to fundamental rights is not ensured for everyone, the policies of austerity and rationalization and dismantling of universal services can only continue to increase inequalities. We must get out of a situation created by thirty years of so-called "targeted" policies that have generated social insecurity and its consequence of identity folds that see in the exclusion of the rights of the other a way to have the access to the right for oneself. Finally, we say that in France and in the countries receiving official development assistance, the government must redefine its relationship with "civil society" and work with organizations that uphold the values of equality, solidarity, inclusiveness, democratic process. When they organize themselves around these values, the willingness and the capacity of civil societies to be key actors for the construction of resilient, fraternal, peaceful, supportive societies, are no longer to be demonstrated. Will we find "support for" and "support for" civil society as a central element in the presidential approach? Finally, will the orientation of French ODA go to strengthening the rights that the SDGs put forward? Will it support the fight against all the components of poverty? Nothing is less sure. See you on July 18 for the answer. Have already signed: Malik Salemkour, President League of Human Rights Emmanuel Poilane, General Director of the Fondation France Libertés Birthe Pedersen, ActionAid France President Anne Chassaing and Daniel Beauchêne, co-presidents of the Fédération Artisans du Monde Bernard Salamand, General Delegate Ritimo Clotilde Bato, General Delegate SOL Agroecological and Solidary Alternatives Vaia Tuuhia, 4D Delegate General Fabien Cohen, Secretary General France Latin America Jean-Louis Marolleau, Secretary General Faith and Justice Network Africa Europe Benoît Faucheux, General Delegate of CCFD - Terre Solidaire Mohammed Bazza, President of the IDD Network Roland Nivet and Edith Boulanger, spokesperson for the Peace Movement Sébastien Gaudron, President of Engineers Without Borders (ISF) Jean-Clair Michel, president of the Maison des Citoyens du Monde 44 Collective Sarthois for a Land more Human Movement against racism and for the friendship of peoples -- Benjamin Joyeux Journaliste européen/coordinateur européen de la Jai Jagat 2020 Tél.: 00 33 6 23 36 14 15 Afin de contribuer au respect de l'environnement, merci de n'imprimer ce courriel qu'en cas de nécessité. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Jaijagateurope" group. 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