CSAN’s national advocacy remit covers a wide array of social, cultural, economic, environmental and moral matters for individuals, families and communities. Our focus as an agency of the Catholic bishops in England and Wales is on people living in these countries. We share too in the Catholic Church’s evolving tradition on human ecology, migration and environmental stewardship. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2016-30, to which the UK Government has committed, offer a framework for CSAN’s long-term advocacy at home, aligned with the Church’s engagement at continental and international levels.
Since 2017, CSAN’s approach to advocacy has been proactive: we bring together Catholic social teaching, thought and practice in England and Wales, in new ways, on matters that require national and regional attention. In 2017-18, we developed foundations for new social action on the housing, planning and land systems, for the period 2018-30 (aligned with the timeframe for SDGs). The bishops have commended this work for action by leaders of Catholic organisations. In 2018-19 the focus is on care in an ageing society.
Advocacy is undertaken within our resources, through connections with other churches and ecclesial communities, and with related organisations. CSAN is a corporate member of various national groups and coalitions. In addition, highly specialist advocacy is undertaken independently by experts within the Network’s membership.
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