Invitation to the 25th EEAC Annual Conference // 12 October 2017

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 25th EEAC Annual Conference, entitled ‘Towards the 2030 Agenda and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizensscience- policy interface’. The conference will take place on 12 October 2017 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

The present political and societal atmosphere and the changing interface between science, policy and society set the scene for all our work on sustainability. We therefore need renewed and shared inspiration for European cooperation that goes beyond borders, silos and institutional barriers in order to drive forward the 2030 Agenda. The 25th EEAC Annual Conference will be dedicated to these needs.

The conference will provide you with a stimulating environment for knowledge-sharing through keynote speeches by internationally recognised experts and politicians, as well as round-table interactions. These round tables will be led by prominent EEAC members, and each will address a specific policy domain related to sustainable development and/or the environment.

A range of international experts, scientists and politicians have confirmed their presence at the conference. Amongst them is First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. The jubilee conference will take place on the 12th of October. The jubilee conference for external invitees  on Thursday 12 October is embedded in an internal programme for EEAC Network members and special invitees only. CLICK HERE for more information and the provisional programme. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

New EEAC Network report: Europe goes Circular: Outlining the implementation of an circular economy in the European area

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.

Read the report

50 international specialists debate about mobilizing private investment in low-carbon infrastructure at EEAC Partner event.

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

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