Next stop: Bonn

The EEAC Network co-organizes, together with GIZ, a workshop at the U.N. Global Festival of Action 2019. The interactive workshop focuses on multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs), in which stakeholders from the public sector, private sector, civil society and academia cooperate on equal footing in order to implement the SDGs.

Partnerships are crucial for reaching the SDGs – that is widely acknowledged. However:
A) How can we actually make partnerships work (set-up and composition; governance and financing)?
B) When is forming partnerships a suitable approach, and when not (reasoning; legitimacy; characteristics)?

The aim of this session is to:
1. Share practical experience, knowledge and tips as well as further contacts and opportunities to create new partnerships and improve existing ones for participants of the session
2. Create the space and spirit where not only best practices but also ‘failures’ can be shared and discussed.
3. Learn about the experiences with MSPs among Global Festival participants in order to enrich the know-how of the organizing parties.

The Festival

Taking place in Bonn every year, the Festival provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG advocacy and SDG action. It brings together leaders from governments, local authorities, international organizations, civil society, activists, young advocates, the creative industry and the private sector– to scale up the impact of their work and strategize joint actions, whilst motivating new organizations and individuals to join the movement and take action for the SDGs. Read More

Latest Council Publication: Towards our Common Digital Future

In the report “Towards our common digital future”, the WBGU makes it clear that sustainability strategies and concepts need to be fundamentally further developed in the age of digitalization. Only if digital change and the Transformation towards Sustainability are synchronized can we succeed in advancing climate and Earth-system protection and in making social progress in human development. Without creative political action, digital change will further accelerate resource and energy consumption, and exacerbate damage to the environment and the climate. It is therefore an urgent political task to create the conditions needed to place digitalization at the service of sustainable development. Read more

Sustainable Europe 2030: from goals to delivery

The High Level EU Conference entitled Sustainable Europe 2030: from goals to delivery took place on Monday, 8 April 2019 in Brussels. It followed the publication of the recent European Commission Reflection Paper ‘Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030’, and will gather leading experts from around the world to discuss how to best translate the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals at European level.

Several EEAC member councils joined the event. Among the conference’s keynote speakers was Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (Council member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change, WBGU). On behalf of the EEAC Network’s board Arnau Queralt attended the conference and the related EU Multi Stakeholder Platform activities. Read More


The Framing of Climate Action in Ireland: Strategic Considerations

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing policy-makers today, and Ireland’s record on climate action is widely accepted as being disappointing. Part of the explanation for this lies in the uncertainty about what action Ireland can and should take, and uncertainty about how acceptable any climate action will be to various groups in society. In this context of uncertainty, how a problem is framed can have a significant impact on subsequent decisions taken to address that problem. This NESC Secretariat paper examines if and how the framing (or reframing) of climate action can lead to more progress in this challenging area. Read More