Officially launched on 27 September 2017, with a starting line up of 80 CSOs and local groups as members. This coalition is a real example in terms of coalition building and its authentic multi-sectoral approach is reflected in the membership of the coalition.
The steering committee, which currently consists of four executive directors of different umbrella organisations, meets regularly (around 8x year).
Recently, some member organisations formed different thematic initiatives to focus on topics such as education, SDGs on a local level and economic development/sustainable business.
In August 2018, SDG Watch Austria adopted terms of reference outlining the mission, principles, structures and membership criteria of the national network. It also formulated a new strategy for 2020/2021, which includes strong alliances with the academic and economic sector.
The introduction of a yearly multi-stakeholder SDG Forum by SDG Watch Austria in 2018 reflects the increased political impact of the coalition and its strong organisational capacities.
Global Justice and Development, Environment, Climate Justice, Tax Justice, Transparency and fight against corruption, Human rights Feminist / Women rights defenders/ Gender discrimination, Farmers and agroecology, Refugees and migration, Youth, Trade Unions, Social, Disabilities and inclusion, Media, Others.
Main benefits for members:
Stronger voice in unity and cooperation.
Caroline Krecké (ÖKOBÜRO – Alliance of the Environmental Movement) and Karin Kuranda (Global Responsibility) – coordinators of SDG Watch Austria: