EEAC’s 2nd Workshop on Climate Laws // Brussels 19 June 2017

The rich variety of best practices and experiences – with regard to national and regional climate laws- should be shared in order to enable all parties to learn from one another, and to strengthen our knowledge base. Therefore, the EEAC Working Group on Energy and Climate Change is organizing a workshop that focuses on the latest insights with regard to the role, implementation and functioning of national and regional climate laws and committees, in the light of relevant policy developments related to the Paris Agreement and the Energy Union, as well as the latest developments at EU level. for more information click here

EEAC Network Partner of the European Sustainable Development Week 2017

The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (EEAC) believes that a transition towards a more sustainable Europe, which addresses the environmental, economic, social and cultural dimensions of sustainability, is both necessary and possible.  The EEAC is therefore pleased to endorse and support the European Sustainable Development Week initiative.

The European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) is the European-wide initiative to stimulate and make visible activities, projects and events that promote sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It takes place every year from 30 May until 5 June

Since the launch of the ESDW 2017 on January 23rd, there have been 1,500 events registered in 25 countries! Registration for initiatives is open to all forms of government agencies, research centres, educational institutions, museums, foundations, associations, businesses as well as individual citizens. Make sure to become a part of the Europe wide event and register here

Towards the 2030 Agenda and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizens–science–policy interface

The EEAC Network is celebrating its 25th Annual Conference on 12 and 13 October 2017 in Maastricht, the Netherlands, with an extraordinary event, entitled: Towards the 2030 Agenda and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizens–science–policy interface.

Like many other organizations, the EEAC network is challenged by the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the present political and societal atmosphere, and the changing interface between science, policy and society. Citizens are claiming their voice, and are no longer taking established facts and institutions for granted.

We need renewed inspiration for European cooperation that goes beyond borders, silos and institutional barriers. The 25th EEAC Annual Conference will be dedicated to these needs.

The conference will be hosted by the Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure, together with the Environment and Nature Council of Flanders, The Federal Council for Sustainable Development in Belgium and the Grand-Duke’s Council for Sustainable Development in Luxembourg.

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German SD Council recommends a comprehensive G20 partnership with Africa to implement the 2030 Agenda

The transformative and global aspirations of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development require a reorientation of multilateral cooperation as a whole. In the context of Germany’s G20 Presidency, the German Council for Sustainable Development advocates the creation of a comprehensive G20 partnership with Africa, based on the values of the 2030 Agenda.

In a concise recommendation, the German Council for Sustainable Development touches upon matters such as implementing the 2030 Agenda in sustainable partnership with Africa, trade policy for inclusive globalisation, agriculture, food and nutrition, and rural areas and health.

The recommendation is available online


Catalan SD Council publishes report on the challenges for meeting SDGs in Catalonia

The Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS) issued a report on the challenges that Catalonia should address to successfully achieve the 2030 Agenda’s SDGs and targets. The report, whose title is ‘The 2030 Agenda: transforming Catalonia, improving the world’, was approved by the council on 27th September 2016, coinciding with the 1st anniversary of the 2030 Agenda.

The aim of this report is to offer the Catalan Government with some keys to localize the global SDG and targets in the country. This is why it will be used in the elaboration of the National Plan for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Catalonia, which will take place from March to June 2017.

The full report and the executive summary are available in English.

The EEAC Network and the Open SDGclub.Berlin

Arnau Queralt and Gábor Bartus – Co-Chairs of the EEAC Sustainable Development Working Group- kindly informed the EEAC members and partners today that the German Council for Sustainable Development (EEAC member Council) has published a report on the first Open SDGclub.Berlin meeting in November 2016.

The Open SDGclub.Berlin is an English-language international conference in Berlin at which participants can share their initial experience with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its global Sustainable Development Goals, as adopted by the UN in September 2015. It’s first gathering took place in November 2016.

The report on the first Open SDGclub.Berlin summarizes the meeting, gives insight in the preparatory process leading to the meeting and presents follow-up actions and lessons learned. Take a look at the informative graphics and read the full report here

EEAC Partner Conference: Europe Ambition 2030 // Rome, 23 March 2017

The Europe Future 2030 conference – of which the EEAC Network is partner-  will represent a chance to discuss the launch of a new vision for Europe based on the values and objectives of the 2030 Agenda. All European actors, whether Institutions, Member States or non-State actors, are called to contribute to the reshaping of European governance according to the SDGs.

The event will see the participation of over 200 attendance. Amongst others, European high-level officials as well as representatives of leading civil society organizations, scientists and representatives of advisory councils will participate. The Conference will be hosted by the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Sala della Regina, and will be introduced by the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini.

For more information on the conference a click here

EEAC partner event: Climate Futures: Financing the Low-carbon Energy Transition

On Friday 17 February 2017, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs), CADS (Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia) and IDDRI (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations) organised the conference ‘Climate Futures: Financing the Low-carbon Energy Transition.

The event enabled its attendance to analyse the investment challenges posed by the transition to a low-carbon energy system. Speakers included Nisrine Elkortbi (Director of Finance, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy), Dan Lewis (Chief, Urban Risk Reduction Unit, UN Habitat), Gireesh Shrimali (Director, Climate Policy Initiative India) and EEAC Chairman Arnau Queralt-Bassa.

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Luxembourg’s Conseil Supérieur pour un Développement Durable joins EEAC Network

The Conseil Supérieur pour un Développement Durable (CSDD) is the strategic advisory council on sustainable development of the Luxembourg Government. In consultation with representatives of civil society and independent experts, it provides advice on a broad range of sustainable development policy topics.

The opinions and studies resulting from this consultation process are addressed to the Luxembourg Government and Parliament. The CSDD was established in 2004 and was reappointed by the Luxembourg Government in 2016.

The Council has 15 members from various backgrounds. Council members are appointed on the basis of their personal position (being an eminent academic for example). click here to read more about the Council.

The Council is a member of the EEAC Network as of 1 January 2017.

EEAC’s International Scan 2016, Available now!

The International Scan gives an overview of relevant international and European policy developments and sketches trends and emerging issues which could become relevant for the EEAC network and its member councils over the coming years.

The report presents a brief overview of the rapidly changing and challenging global and European arena that forms the context of the council’s advisory activities. The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP21), both adopted in 2015, will challenge governments, the private sector and civil society to engage in new alliances and partnerships. At the same time, important new questions arise about the institutional architecture, the role of UN institutions and the accountability of relevant actors.
In this International Scan 2016, several specific policy areas are explored.

The Scan is aiming to serve as a useful source of information and inspiration to those preparing and advising on policies in the fields of sustainability, the environment and infrastructure.

The International Scan 2016 has been conducted at the request of the board of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) and was written by the secretariat of the Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli).