As part of its 25th anniversary the EEAC Network commissioned David Baldock to write a paper on Progressing the sustainable development and environmental agenda in the EU and the role of the EEAC network. The purpose of this paper is a review of the period since 1992, reflecting on some of the major themes, concepts, drivers and constraints, and the players involved. Most visible amongst those players are of course the European institutions, national and regional governments, NGOs and lobbies. Of special interest here, however, is an informal network first established in 1993: the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC).
This paper does not attempt a studied history, still less an evaluation of this engagement, but it does try to capture some of the main themes and the ways in which they were addressed by the EEAC against a background of EU developments, David Baldock was quoted as saying.
The EEAC Network is pleased to share this paper as part of the outcome documents of its 25th annual conference: Towards the 2030 Agenda and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizens–science–policy interface. Read More
The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) are organizing a workshop on the role of science in strengthening an integrated policy approach to our seas and oceans. The workshop will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 14 November 2017, and will be hosted by the office of Mr Ricardo Serrão Santos, member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries.
The EEAC Network celebrated its 25th Annual Conference on 12 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.
European diplomacy, science-based policy advice and political commitment made the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and also the Paris Agreement possible. In implementing the 2030 Agenda, besides maintaining an evidence-based approach, greater legitimacy of other types of knowledge needs to be ensured. To this end, the interface between science, policy and society needs rethinking. This was concluded at the 25th Annual Conference of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) on 12 October 2017 in Maastricht, The Netherlands. CLICK HERE for more information.
Due to its complexity and novelty, no blueprint is currently available for the implementation of a circular economy. Consequently, sharing knowledge between the various stakeholders is of the utmost importance. With this document, the EEAC Network Working Group on circular economy is aiming to contribute to the process of knowledge exchange, not only by providing concise updates on the implementation of a circular economy (including examples at the European, national and regional level), but also by sharing information on the role and the opinions of the member councils of the EEAC Network regarding the implementation of a circular economy in their respective country or region.
The document includes an analysis of and opinions on policy initiatives relating to the circular economy in ten European countries and regions. These ten countries and regions all have an advisory council that is a member of the EEAC Network. This document is not intended to present an exhaustive study, but should instead be regarded as a concise overview of the status quo regarding the circular economy in different European countries and regions.
The aim of the document is to serve as a useful source of information, and to provide an overview of opinions on the implementation of a circular economy from the perspective of environment and sustainable development advisory councils.
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To effectively curb emissions, an estimated US$90 trillion of Infrastructure investment is required globally by 2035. Public finance alone cannot bring about the transformation required.
It is critical to identify effective policies that can reduce investment risks and project financing costs –with the aim of accelerating the mobilisation of private investment and making it consistent with NDCs. The Barcelona Climate Future debate did just that. The session built on actionable solutions to the challenge of higher investment risks in developing countries. It took an inclusive governance approach and encompassed all levels of climate action.
The event took place in Barcelona and was attended by over 50 high level participants. Read more
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
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
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.
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
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.