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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)


  1. A Cry of the African child
  2. Abibiman Foundation
  3. ACT Alliance
  4. Action for Sustainable Developement
  5. Action for Sustainable Development
  6. ActionAid
  7. Africa for SDGS/CEPARD
  8. Africa Young Positives Network
  9. Ageing Nepal
  10. Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
  11. Amis des Étrangers au Togo: ADET
  12. Amnesty International
  13. Another Development Foundation
  14. AO1O-Asamblea sobre Desigualdades
  15. APSD – Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development
  16. As an individual Hitesh BHATT-india empirical experience and freelancer.
  17. Asia Dalit Rights Forum
  18. Asia Development Alliance
  19. Associated Country Women of the World
  20. Association for Promotion Sustainable development
  21. Association for Rural Social Welfare Nepal (ARSOW Nepal)
  22. Association of Dalit Women Advancement of Nepal
  23. Athanasia
  24. AwazCDS/Pakistan
  25. Be the Change
  26. Blue Banner NGO, Mongolia
  27. Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  28. Burundi Child Rights Coalition
  30. CAFSO-WRAG for Development
  31. Campaign for Good Governance
  32. CAN
  33. Canadian Council for International Co-operation
  34. Cecilia Fagerberg
  35. Center for Development of International Law
  36. Center for Human Rights & Development (CHRD)
  37. Centre for Environmental Justice
  38. Citizen
  40. Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development
  41. Civil Society or Non-Governmental Organisation
  42. Civil Society Platform on Sustainable Energy for All (CSPSEA)
  43. Climate Watch Thailand
  44. CODE-NGO
  45. CommonwealthYouth PAN
  46. Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
  47. Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC)
  48. Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD)
  49. CPDE
  50. CSYM HUDUMA TANZANIA -Christian Spiritual Youth Ministry
  51. Development Alliance
  52. EcoHimal Nepal
  53. Economy for the Common Good Ecogood.org
  54. Edmund Rice international
  55. EL-Aged Care Ltd/Gte
  56. Emonyo Yefwe International
  57. End Water Poverty
  58. FAWCO/NGO Committee on the Status of Women Vienna
  59. Feminist League
  60. Fff Södertälje Sweden
  61. Forus
  62. Fundamental human Rights & Rural Development Association FHRRDA
  63. Futuro en Común, Spanish cross-sectorial CSOs platform
  64. Gatef organization
  65. GCAP
  67. GCAP-Burundi
  68. Geospatial Tanzania
  69. German NGO Forum on Environment and Development
  70. Gestos – Soropositivity, Communication and Gender
  71. Global Call To Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
  72. Global Network of Women Peacebuilders
  73. Global Policy Forum
  74. Gray Panthers
  75. Greenpeace
  76. Grupo FARO
  77. Gulshan-e-John
  78. Hábitat para la Humanidad México A.C.
  79. Hague Appeal for Peace
  80. HaritaDhara Research Development and Education Foundation
  81. Hellenic Platform for Development
  82. Honorary President, Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU)
  83. Housing and Land Rights Network – Habitat International Coalition
  84. Human Health Aid Burundi
  85. human rights solidarity movement
  86. Human Rights Support Society
  87. humanrights.ch
  88. IFOAM – Organics International
  89. Indian Ocean Peace Council (IOPC)
  90. INFID – Indonesia
  91. Initiative zur Förderung der Wirtschfatskompetenz im Sinne der Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung e.V.
  92. International Academy of Science, Health & Ecology (Correpondent Member)
  93. International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  94. International Movement ATD Fourth World
  95. International Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (IN-CSR)
  96. International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID)
  97. International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
  98. Jeunes volontaires pour l’environnement
  99. Justice, Development & Peace Commission, Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria
  100. Kaengesa environmental conservation society
  101. Karlstad Sweden
  102. Kenana Association
  103. Kenans Associstion
  104. Kikandwa Environmental Association
  105. Kindness Collective
  106. kkr ks charitable trust
  107. Klimataktion
  108. Korea Federation for Environmental Movement
  109. Krisoker Sor (Farmers’ Voice)
  110. League of Professional Women
  111. Let There Be Light International
  112. Make Mothers Matter (MMM)
  113. Malawi Handcart Project
  114. Maldives Association of Persons with Disabilities
  115. Maria Ebun Foundation
  116. Medical Mission Sisters
  117. medicusmundi spain
  118. meerkat foundation
  119. Migrant Forum in Asia
  120. Mills College/ Global Women’s Justice and Peace
  121. Ministerio de la Producción
  122. Miriam College
  123. NABU e.V. (Birdlife Germany)
  124. National Campaign For Sustainable Development-Nepal
  125. National Dalit Movement for Justice-National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
  126. Neo-Africa Leaderahip Organisation
  127. NET Africa
  128. NGO Carbone Guinée
  129. NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN)
  130. ONG ADOKA
  132. Open Briefing
  133. Organismo indígena Naleb’
  134. Oxfam
  135. PAHEL Pakistan
  136. Pakistan Development Alliance
  137. Peace Hope Pakistan
  138. People Empowerment Foundation
  139. Peoples Federation for National Peace and Development (PEFENAP)
  140. Permaculture Association (Britain)
  141. Pesticide Action Network
  142. Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement
  143. PNND Co-Convenor
  144. POSCO Agenda 2030
  145. POVOD, Slovenia
  146. Preserve Rural Orange
  147. president Center for Development of International Law
  148. Pro Natura – Friends of the Earth Switzerland
  149. RACI – Argentine Network for International Cooperation
  150. Rapad Maroc
  151. Reacción Climática
  152. Red Dot Foundation
  153. Red para el Desarrollo Comunitario / Cemefi
  154. Réseau des Organisations de Développement et Associations de Défense de Droits de l’homme et de la Démocratie (RODADDHD)
  155. RESET.org – Digital for Good
  156. Restless Development
  157. Rhamna Women & youth
  158. SAIEVAC (South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children
  159. Sanaeya Vandrewala
  160. Schools without Borders
  161. Scotland’s International Development Alliance
  162. SDG Action Alliance Bangladesh
  163. Smiles Africa International Youth Development Initiative
  164. Social Democrats Germany
  165. Success Capital Organisation
  166. Sugur Development Agency (SUDA)
  167. Sustainable Development Council
  168. Think Centre
  169. Transparency International-Mongolia
  170. Treesisters
  171. UDYAMA
  172. UNA-Germany
  173. UNA-Ghana
  174. Unanima Internstional
  175. Vaagdhara
  176. Vienna Ecosocial Forum
  177. Volunteer Groups Alliance
  178. WASH-Net Sierra Leone
  179. WaterAid
  180. WECF e.V. Women Engage for a Common Future
  181. Women Coalition for Agenda 2030
  182. Women for Equal Chances-Congo
  183. Women’s Rights Action Group
  184. World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy
  185. Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  186. Youth for Peace International
  187. Youth in Action for development
  188. Youth in Technology and Arts Network (YOTAN)
  189. Youth Partnership for Peace and Development



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Image: Climate march in Montevideo (Uruguay), March 2019. Source: Inés Pousadela.



Source (12 August 2019)


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