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Input Paper – Santo Domingo Forum: “Democratic and Equitable Development for Everyone – The 2030 Agenda”

In September, the world’s heads of state and governments signed off the new “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in New York. This agenda is a global development roadmap which combines the poverty, development and environmental agendas. The 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) are universal and apply to all states as of now, including developing countries, emerging and industrialised states.

In addition to the three traditional areas of economic development, social inclusion, and ecological sustainability, the SDGs also encompass governance and questions of security as a fourth pillar of sustainable development. Thus, the objectives of the 2030 Agenda are aimed well beyond the development policies with which we are familiar, both in terms of their content and their aspirations for political change.

The political discussions relating to the 2030 Agenda have only just begun. Many of the necessary changes to which the states have committed, in the form of the Sustainable Development Goals, are directed against the established order, which is supported by powerful interests. Yet, changing these will create new winners and losers – and very possibly based on a different pattern to the one with which we have become familiar over the past few decades. A global energy transformation will displace market shares, close markets and change ownership structures. Tackling the issue of inequality will shake the very foundations of finance capitalism, and the enforcement of labour laws will shift the power balance in favour of the employees and the unions, whose rights have been marginalised for many years.

The world has not been stood on its head through the discussions about the sustainability goals, but, for progressive parties, unions, and civic organisations, the 2030 Agenda will provide important starting points, in the coming years, from which to take up an oppositional stance against the prevailing negative global climate and to fight for an equitable and democratic development.


2030 Agenda: Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

  1. Changing primary distribution through the introduction of minimum wages, collective agreements and the formalisation of employment relationships.
  2. Direct state-led redistribution measures, such as an efficient taxation policy, transfer systems etc.
  3. Indirect approaches to combating inequality like the promotion of a public health service, public education and meaningful work.
  4. International action such as clamping down on tax evasion and tax havens.


2030 Agenda: Building Inclusive and Democratic Societies


For a Progressive 2030 Agenda

The core agenda of progressive, social democratic and socialist forces around the world includes “the fight against inequality”, the “creation of inclusive growth”, and “the construction of democratic societies”. There are many objectives set out in the 2030 Agenda, to which all states have committed, which correspond to our own agenda:

It is now up to us, the world’s progressive, social democratic and socialist forces, to ensure that our governments implement the objectives of the Agenda as part of their national strategies. What we want are democratic and inclusive societies.