Central principles and perspectives

The SSNC’s global work is founded on a conviction that change is driven by commitment, knowledge and determination, and that people have to organise in order to jointly create the necessary force for change. An active civil society is therefore a central building block in a functioning democracy.

The Philippines – Ban Toxics. Photo: Anders Friström

The SSNC’S global work is based on a holistic view of people and the environment, and seeks to bring about sustainable development on a global and local level where people’s rights are satisfied and respected. Based on its role as an environmental organisation, the preservation and sustainable use of ecosystems and development within the planet’s boundaries represent a cornerstone in this work. In addition to this, SSNC works on the basis of three central perspectives  in its global work, particularly regarding development cooperation: the civil society as a central, democracy-strengthening agent for change, all work must be rightsbased and permeated by awareness of gender issues, and the endeavour for equality between the genders.

Working for the preservation and sustainable use of ecosystems is at the heart of the SSNC’s work. An important part of this is to work for these effective application of fundamental environmental principles that have developed and gained recognition in international conventions and agreements:

  • The Precautionary Principle
  • The Principle of Preventive Action
  • The Polluter Pays Principle
  • Principles of Participation in Decision-making
  • The Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities

> Read more about the central principles in our strategy for global work

The civil society as a democracy-strengthening engine for change

The SSNC’s global work is founded on a conviction that change is driven by commitment, knowledge and determination, and that people have to organise in order to jointly create the necessary force for change. An active civil society is therefore a central building block in a functioning democracy.

Rights-based work

The SSNC and its partner organisations  within the global operation will actively strive to achieve a human rights based approach (HRBA) , both in the organisations’ own work and in the collaboration. A human rights perspective in the  environmental work focuses on the people who are affected most by environmental destruction and poverty, and views them as actors.

Six guiding principles

The human rights based perspective is characterised by six principles, which are often linked together and mutually reinforcing. Both the SSNC and its partner organisations will endeavour to fulfil these. The principles are:

  • Participation
  • Link to human rights
  • Accountability
  • Non-discrimination
  • Empowerment
  • Transparency

> Read more about the guiding principles in our strategy for global work

Gender perspective and gender equality

Gender equality, i.e. that people have the same conditions and power to shape their own lives and society regardless of their gender, is a precondition for democratic and sustainable development as well as being a goal in itself. It is also relevant for environmental organisations to work for gender equality as people interact with the environment in different ways depending on their gender.

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