MULTI-STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE AT NATIONAL, REGIONAL and LOCAL LEVEL The dialogues on development organized by AICCRE, for the first time hosted in Italian Regions, are public and will involve Mayors and Local authorities that usually are not aware of the Agenda 2030 nor SDGs, cause it’s usually at National level that those goals are discussed. The importance of sharing those goals at local level with citizens, Municipalities, NGOs will strengthen AICCRE as a national platform of information, exchange of experiences, as well as driver for innovative initiatives. The dialogues, held over the period from 2016-2017, in different tasks, will seek the active participation of representatives of national, regional and local governments, thus raising awareness at central level about the role played by EU LRGs in development cooperation.
AICCRE wants to contribute to the empowerment of local and regional governments in development cooperation. The idea is to organise meetings with local administrators to promote and advocate for an enabling environment for EU LRGs to bring their expertise in partner countries, at the EU and at national levels, ensure better support of the citizens, the EU institutions and national governments to decentralised cooperation. The challenge is to create in Italy a delivery mechanism and promotion of best practices and studies on decentralised cooperation. The idea is to strengthen the voice of LRGs active in development, through substantive and continuous policy dialogue.
Since it is the first opportunity for Italian local governments to deal with those issues and that there is no possibility to check on the state of play of the knowledge and involvement of LGs in decentralized cooperation, no existing data bank of best practices, AICCRE is aimed to find the best strategy for awareness raising while this activity is taking place. It’s important to create a multi governance model, where the high level of interdependence between European development policy and the broader global context could create positive and mutually reinforcing links between the local, the European and international development policy. In this aspect, it’s necessary to establish a permanent dialogue and close coordination with all the partners who are active in this arena: the public and the private sectors, the ONGs, the civil society and the young generations represented by the Universities and Schools.
Strategies National Multi-stakeholder dialogue on development is an activity that is organized in the period 2016– 2018 and it is composed of four levels:
1) the dialogue at local, regional and at national 2) level (June 2016-June 2017) 3) the dialogue with ONGs (2017) 4) the dialogue with Ministers (2017) 5) and the dialogue with MEPs (2017)
This activity starts bottom up from the local level and will continue at Regional and national level. It will raise awareness in Italian territories of the role of LRGs in development cooperation, starting from their point of view, promoting actions of decentralized cooperation in LGs, stimulating an active role of LGs in SDGs and raising awareness at the regional and central level on the role to be played by LRGs in the field of development and external actions.
The principles of the strategy project are: Multi-layer approach – adding new actors each timeBuilding connections between layers through a bottom up approach Target group(s) / Audience: Local and regional governments; National government; Intergovernmental organisations and EU institutions; International government(s); NGOs; Civil society organisations
I dialoghi sullo sviluppo organizzati da AICCRE, per la prima volta ospitati nelle Regioni italiane, sono pubblici e coinvolgono i sindaci e le autorità locali che di solito non sono a conoscenza dell’Agenda 2030 né degli SDG, visto che se ne discute soprattutto a livello nazionale. L’AICCRE è consapevole dell’importanza di condividere a livello locale gli obiettivi con i cittadini, i comuni, le ONG. Queste iniziative stanno rafforzando l’AICCRE come piattaforma nazionale di informazione, scambio di esperienze e promotrice di iniziative innovative. I dialoghi, svolti nel periodo 2016-2017 attivano la partecipazione attiva di rappresentanti dei governi nazionali, regionali e locali, aumentando così la consapevolezza a livello centrale del ruolo svolto dai territori nella cooperazione allo sviluppo.
AICCRE wants to contribute to the empowerment of local and regional governments in development cooperation. The idea is to organise meetings with local administrators to promote and advocate for an enabling environment for EU LRGs to bring their expertise in partner countries, at the EU and at national levels, ensure better support of the citizens, the EU institutions and national governments to decentralised cooperation. The challenge is to create in Italy a delivery mechanism and promotion of best practices and studies on decentralised cooperation. National Multi-stakeholder dialogue on development is an activity that is organized in the period 2016– 2018. The dialogue at local, regional and at national level (June 2016-June 2017)
The dialogue with ONGs: during a Platforma CORE activities related to European Days of Local Solidarity (November 2016) there was the opportunity to create a dialogue with the Fair Trade Association world and many ONGs. It was decided to postpone the dialogue meeting with these realities waiting to participate to the bi-annual National meeting of these actors where we could have at the same time citizens, ONGs, civil society, LRAs and representatives of the National Government. Another important event took place in Mira, Venice, on 30 September 2017: Communities sharing: experiences of decentralized cooperation to build a dialogue between local authorities and Ngos
The dialogue with Ministers: after the meetings at local and regional level, we started organizing a dialogue with the Government about the relevance of decentralized cooperation in Italy. We contacted the Italian Parliaments and the members of the commission that is debating on Foreign affairs. After this contact, we discovered that only the Environmental commission was debating the Agenda 2030 and SDGs, so we enlarged the meeting at members of the Parliament that were involved in the issue. The meeting was held in Rome and was dedicated to discuss the need of a permanent table of dialogue between the National level and the local governments.
the dialogue with MEPs. The meeting was held in the Parliamentary palace in Roma at the presence of MS Federica Mogherini, High representative of the EC and MR Markku Makkula, President of the Committee of the Regions and other members of European Parliament. The participation was very high, with representatives of many countries and many elected coming from all the European Union and not only (UK, Sweden, Norway, Finland,). There were representatives from Africa and the south African section of UCLG. It was decided to have this meeting when in Rome there were the celebration of the 60th of the Treaty of Rome, not just to have the most enlarged and high-levelpanel of local leaders, but also European and International.