Catalyst 2030 launches inaugural global survey to take to the UN
25 August 2021 at 4:44 pm
The People’s Report asks the general public to “share their story” in the hope of getting the voices of the unheard to the desks of United Nations decision-makers.
A global coalition of social enterprises is in the final weeks of a drive to get 10,000 responses to its inaugural People’s Report, so they can present it at the United Nations General Assembly next month.
The report is an initiative of Catalyst 2030, which launched in January 2020 as a coalition of social enterprises all working together on delivering a systemic approach to the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) for 2030.
The SDGs, a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, were originally set to be reached by 2030. And while most countries weren’t on track to hit this deadline, the global pandemic has slowed things down even further.
Through reports, initiatives, working groups and events Catalyst’s 737 members, across 197 countries, are working with communities, governments and businesses to help them get their SDG goals back on track.
The People’s Report
From this year and for the next nine years until 2030 — when Catalyst’s members say they want to be out of business — the organisation wants to deliver an annual People’s Report to the UN’s General Assembly.
The aim of the report is to give the General Assembly a snapshot of the state of global development from the viewpoint of ordinary people.
Roberto Daniele is co-founder of Catalyst’s Australasian chapter. He told Pro Bono News that the survey is made up of 11 questions all loosely following the structure of the SDGs, and focused on asking people questions about their everyday life.
“The survey asks questions around your access to water, electricity, jobs and what gender equality looks like for you. As well as other things,” Daniele said.
“The survey’s being run globally by all Catalyst chapters and will be delivered to the UN next month. We’re now in the final two weeks of a drive to get 10,000 responses.”
A conversational talking point
The purpose of the people’s report is to stimulate discussion at the General Assembly, and, hopefully, bring about action.
Daniele said by doing one of these reports every year, Catalyst wants to get a benchmark of global progress to help them see whether global policies are actually working
“In some sense, the report is a provocation to hold the people that have the power accountable for their actions,” he said.
“We need to hold people in power accountable for progressing [the SDGs] because at the moment we can all see that things are just not happening fast enough.”
You can take the survey here.