Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)
SDSN Spain, also known as REDS (Red Española para el Desarrollo Sostenible), has been actively engaging different levels of government to promote the implementation of the SDGs.
Mobilizing stakeholders through SDG Awareness
The Spanish network works with various levels of government, academic institutions and the private sector to ensure widespread awareness and action on SDGs. It does so by organizing, among other events, an Annual Meeting to discuss the progress of the 2030 Agenda in Spain. At the national level, since 2017 the network has been collaborating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the implementation and communication of the SDGs, and, as a member of the National Sustainable Development Council, with the Government’s Office for the Agenda 2030.
Following the organisation of the first-ever ‘Multistakeholder SDG Forum’ in 2019, and also as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, the network has launched the The Day After initiative together with ISGlobal, a leading health organisation in Spain; itdUPM, a leading academic member; and Iberdrola, leading energy provider. The Day After is an innovative platform that gathers science, academia, policy officers, politicians, private sector and civil society in order to accelerate key transformations to achieve the SDGs.
During 2019 and 2020, the network mobilized the private sector around the 2030 Agenda through bimonthly “SDGs Breakfasts”. Over the same period, SDSN Spain published several reports: “Measuring the SDGs in Tourism” (October 2019), and the second edition of the Urban SDG Report for Spanish cities (Autumn 2020).
The network also aims to leverage art and culture as a communication tool for sustainable development and help align relevant institutions with the SDGs. REDS has already organized three editions of the Seminar on Arts & Sustainable Development in 2017, 2018 and 2019. REDS has developed the first website in Spain on culture and sustainable development, ‘CulturaSostenible.org’. Furthermore, supported by the Ministry of Culture, the network leads a working group on Culture and Agenda 2030 which has published the first-ever monograph on this topic in Spanish (April 2020).
Education for Sustainable Development
In 2020, following the Spanish version of the guide “Getting started with the SDGs in Universities,” the network issued a practical guide with inspiring experiences in Education of the SDGs: “Implementing the 2030 Agenda. Best practices in Spanish universities”. The network has actively contributed to the development of the MOOC “Partnerships: an essential vehicule to achieve the SDGs” developed by the SDG Academy and the Inter-American Development Bank. This MOOC, entirely in Spanish, was launched in 2019 and 2020 (second edition). During 2020, REDS has fostered a participative process to develop a new national strategy for environmental education, after issuing the “White Paper on Environmental Education in Spain” (2020).
The Day After Platform is the first meeting point and incubator for the SDGs in the country. Initially born as an online agora, the work of the Day After platform will continue during 2020. The network will also continue delivering on the Sustainable Culture and the Sustainable Tourism initiatives and will seek ways to link them with The Day After.