On 3 July we celebrated the first National Multi-Stakeholder Forum on 2030 Agenda, jointly promoted by the SDGs partnership (UNICEF-Spanish Committee, OXFAM Intermón and WWF), the Global Compact Network Spain and the Spanish Network for Sustainable Development (REDS). Its objective: to contribute to the process of defining the Sustainable Development Strategy through a space for dialogue and reflection that promotes multi-stakeholder analysis.

The Forum was a great success, with the participation of more than 100 experts representing the private sector, academia, politics, public administration, civil society and the third sector, who worked together to discuss three main topics: beyond GDP; equity and inequality; and food production and consumption. In this way, through joint debate and dialogue, suggestions, visions and proposals were gathered from the participants in relation to the three thematic areas in order to act as key points for the future National Strategy for Sustainable Development carried out by the High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda.

The act also included a public session in which the main conclusions of the Forum were presented and in which a high-level political panel was held with the participation of the President of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet, and the High Commissioner for 2030 Agenda, Cristina Gallach. Both praised the Forum’s initiative stressing the importance of its multi-stakeholder approach and the need for the commitment to the Sustainable Development Objectives to be assumed by all the agents involved.

In the words of Cristina Gallach: «We have to start from this process of maturation and action towards a strategy of strategies that is shared and agreed upon by all the actors, a process of global alliance». Gallach also highlighted the predisposition and willingness of all Spanish society with the 2030 Agenda: «We have found in our country an energy of transformation that we did not expect, which has meant that in this period the action of all the actors predominates over the Agenda».

Meanwhile, Meritxell Batet stressed the commitment of the Government and of Spain to the 2030 Agenda and the importance of all State institutions playing an active part in its development with special attention to governmental and legislative bodies: «Parliament must assume its responsibility for the development of the 2030 Agenda, integrating it into the parameters of parliamentary action and especially in its full and constant consideration in the Government’s legislative and control activities.

Working in partnership is one of the premises of the Agenda 2030 reflected through the SDG 17: Alliances to achieve Objectives, and has been one of the main bases for the organization of this initiative. Undoubtedly, we can consider the Forum to be a message in itself, a loudspeaker for all actors in society who must work together to successfully fulfill the Agenda. In the words of Cristina Sánchez, Acting Director of the Spanish Global Compact Network: «From the Spanish Network we work incessantly to ensure that the business dimension is taken into account in all decision-making on the 2030 Agenda. For this reason, we could not fail to be present in this initiative of a proactive and collaborative nature that has in the near horizon the next National Strategy for Sustainable Development. The private sector has a fundamental role in the achievement of the SDGs and from the Global Compact we will try to give it a place in all the initiatives that, like this one, have a relevant role for the fulfillment of the Agenda in Spain».

The result of the work carried out during this Forum will be revealed the second half of September through the publication of a paper with conclusions of the process and suggestions for action.