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12 August 2019

In 2015 world leaders signed historic agreements – the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the broader 2030 Agenda to push for a more just and sustainable world by 2030. These inter-linked agendas promised to transform the world, to end poverty, to reduce inequality, ensure peace and combat climate change; to set us on a path towards a just transition and a holistic approach to the systems which underpin our economy, society, and environment. So far, delivery has failed to live up to this bold ambition.

Around the world, people are suffering from the overlapping impacts of inequalities, loss of rights, gender injustice, conflict, militarisation, environmental degradation and climate change. The economic, financial and political systems are concentrating power and wealth in the hands of a few, favouring a limited number of individuals, countries and businesses. Nature is our life support system – when it is degraded, polluted and overused there are disastrous impacts for our food security, water supply, air quality and for our economy. Climate change impacts food security, water to irrigate crops and disruption from extreme weather events. Without tackling climate change and loss of biodiversity by protecting and restoring our natural world, we will fail to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

That is why we are standing alongside many others around the world in calling out a state of emergency. Humanity cannot afford to wait, people are demanding transformative change, and we are not willing to accept the current lack of action and ambition from many governments.

We are at a critical turning point – in September 2019, heads of state will meet again to review progress and we demand that they set out a more ambitious roadmap for practical action. This moment has the potential to foster irreversible momentum for greater accountability, enhanced ambition and clear action in the following 10 years to deliver on the promise of a just transition.

In order to deliver this momentum, we are working together across movements and across borders, to push for wider change, amplifying voices of local communities, and sharing the demands for transformational change coming from people from all across the globe.

To ensure that we move towards a just, peaceful and sustainable world by 2030… we stand together with rising movements, such as those led by women and young people for our rights to voice, equality, and climate and environmental justice.

Voice: We call on governments to guarantee the right to freedoms of expression, association and assembly; and to ensure inclusion and participation for all; so that people and community organisations can engage freely in all levels of decision-making processes in an open civic space, without fear of violence or intimidation. We also call on governments to commit to a universal moratorium or reduction of military budgets in order to fund climate and environmental protection and the fight against poverty, hunger and inequality.

Equality: We call on governments to address the multiple dimensions of inequality, deliver on their promise to ‘Leave No One Behind’; and to tackle the root causes of inequality through tax justice and social protection and an end to discrimination against women and girls and the most marginalized communities in every country. We call on all governments, but in particular provider countries, to champion these goals by overhauling their approaches to financing, consistent with both our ambition and agreed development effectiveness principles — to ensure democratic country ownership, a focus on results, inclusivity and mutual accountability.

Environmental & climate justice: We demand that countries honor their commitments by presenting concrete and ambitious plans to protect humanity and human rights; halting biodiversity loss and implementing concrete conservation measures; protection of people and communities at the frontlines of climate change, to build their resilience, support adaptation and address loss and damage; and move towards a just transition to renewables and concerted action to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and to eliminate them altogether by 2050 at the latest; so that we ensure that we limit the global temperature rise to 1.5C degrees.

We are working together for a joint Week of Action on 20–27 September, join us!

Promote this statement with the hashtag #StandTogetherNow on social media.

Your contact details will be used to inform you about actions related to this call to action. Please write to info@action4sd.org for any inquiries.

Organizational signatories as of 12 August (list updated periodically)

  • A Cry of the African child
  • Abibiman Foundation
  • ACT Alliance
  • Action for Sustainable Developement
  • Action for Sustainable Development
  • ActionAid
  • Africa for SDGS/CEPARD
  • Africa Young Positives Network
  • Ageing Nepal
  • Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
  • Amis des Étrangers au Togo: ADET
  • Amnesty International
  • Another Development Foundation
  • AO1O-Asamblea sobre Desigualdades
  • APSD – Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development
  • As an individual Hitesh BHATT-india empirical experience and freelancer.
  • Asia Dalit Rights Forum
  • Asia Development Alliance
  • Associated Country Women of the World
  • Association for Promotion Sustainable development
  • Association for Rural Social Welfare Nepal (ARSOW Nepal)
  • Association of Dalit Women Advancement of Nepal
  • Athanasia
  • AwazCDS/Pakistan
  • Be the Change
  • Blue Banner NGO, Mongolia
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  • Burundi Child Rights Coalition
  • CAFSO-WRAG for Development
  • Campaign for Good Governance
  • CAN
  • Canadian Council for International Co-operation
  • Cecilia Fagerberg
  • Center for Development of International Law
  • Center for Human Rights & Development (CHRD)
  • Centre for Environmental Justice
  • Citizen
  • Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development
  • Civil Society or Non-Governmental Organisation
  • Civil Society Platform on Sustainable Energy for All (CSPSEA)
  • Climate Watch Thailand
  • CommonwealthYouth PAN
  • Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
  • Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC)
  • Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD)
  • CPDE
  • CSYM HUDUMA TANZANIA -Christian Spiritual Youth Ministry
  • Development Alliance
  • EcoHimal Nepal
  • Economy for the Common Good Ecogood.org
  • Edmund Rice international
  • EL-Aged Care Ltd/Gte
  • Emonyo Yefwe International
  • End Water Poverty
  • FAWCO/NGO Committee on the Status of Women Vienna
  • Feminist League
  • Fff Södertälje Sweden
  • Forus
  • Fundamental human Rights & Rural Development Association FHRRDA
  • Futuro en Común, Spanish cross-sectorial CSOs platform
  • Gatef organization
  • GCAP
  • GCAP-Burundi
  • Geospatial Tanzania
  • German NGO Forum on Environment and Development
  • Gestos – Soropositivity, Communication and Gender
  • Global Call To Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
  • Global Network of Women Peacebuilders
  • Global Policy Forum
  • Gray Panthers
  • Greenpeace
  • Grupo FARO
  • Gulshan-e-John
  • Hábitat para la Humanidad México A.C.
  • Hague Appeal for Peace
  • HaritaDhara Research Development and Education Foundation
  • Hellenic Platform for Development
  • Honorary President, Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU)
  • Housing and Land Rights Network – Habitat International Coalition
  • Human Health Aid Burundi
  • human rights solidarity movement
  • Human Rights Support Society
  • humanrights.ch
  • IFOAM – Organics International
  • Indian Ocean Peace Council (IOPC)
  • INFID – Indonesia
  • Initiative zur Förderung der Wirtschfatskompetenz im Sinne der Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung e.V.
  • International Academy of Science, Health & Ecology (Correpondent Member)
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • International Movement ATD Fourth World
  • International Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (IN-CSR)
  • International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID)
  • International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
  • Jeunes volontaires pour l’environnement
  • Justice, Development & Peace Commission, Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria
  • Kaengesa environmental conservation society
  • Karlstad Sweden
  • Kenana Association
  • Kenans Associstion
  • Kikandwa Environmental Association
  • Kindness Collective
  • kkr ks charitable trust
  • Klimataktion
  • Korea Federation for Environmental Movement
  • Krisoker Sor (Farmers’ Voice)
  • League of Professional Women
  • Let There Be Light International
  • Make Mothers Matter (MMM)
  • Malawi Handcart Project
  • Maldives Association of Persons with Disabilities
  • Maria Ebun Foundation
  • Medical Mission Sisters
  • medicusmundi spain
  • meerkat foundation
  • Migrant Forum in Asia
  • Mills College/ Global Women’s Justice and Peace
  • Ministerio de la Producción
  • Miriam College
  • NABU e.V. (Birdlife Germany)
  • National Campaign For Sustainable Development-Nepal
  • National Dalit Movement for Justice-National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
  • Neo-Africa Leaderahip Organisation
  • NET Africa
  • NGO Carbone Guinée
  • NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN)
  • Open Briefing
  • Organismo indígena Naleb’
  • Oxfam
  • PAHEL Pakistan
  • Pakistan Development Alliance
  • Peace Hope Pakistan
  • People Empowerment Foundation
  • Peoples Federation for National Peace and Development (PEFENAP)
  • Permaculture Association (Britain)
  • Pesticide Action Network
  • Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement
  • PNND Co-Convenor
  • POSCO Agenda 2030
  • POVOD, Slovenia
  • Preserve Rural Orange
  • president Center for Development of International Law
  • Pro Natura – Friends of the Earth Switzerland
  • RACI – Argentine Network for International Cooperation
  • Rapad Maroc
  • Reacción Climática
  • Red Dot Foundation
  • Red para el Desarrollo Comunitario / Cemefi
  • Réseau des Organisations de Développement et Associations de Défense de Droits de l’homme et de la Démocratie (RODADDHD)
  • RESET.org – Digital for Good
  • Restless Development
  • Rhamna Women & youth
  • SAIEVAC (South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children
  • Sanaeya Vandrewala
  • Schools without Borders
  • Scotland’s International Development Alliance
  • SDG Action Alliance Bangladesh
  • Smiles Africa International Youth Development Initiative
  • Social Democrats Germany
  • Success Capital Organisation
  • Sugur Development Agency (SUDA)
  • Sustainable Development Council
  • Think Centre
  • Transparency International-Mongolia
  • Treesisters
  • UNA-Germany
  • UNA-Ghana
  • Unanima Internstional
  • Vaagdhara
  • Vienna Ecosocial Forum
  • Volunteer Groups Alliance
  • WASH-Net Sierra Leone
  • WaterAid
  • WECF e.V. Women Engage for a Common Future
  • Women Coalition for Agenda 2030
  • Women for Equal Chances-Congo
  • Women’s Rights Action Group
  • World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy
  • Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  • Youth for Peace International
  • Youth in Action for development
  • Youth in Technology and Arts Network (YOTAN)
  • Youth Partnership for Peace and Development
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    Image: Climate march in Montevideo (Uruguay), March 2019. Source: Inés Pousadela.

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