The EEAC Network participated in the United Nations Global Festival of Action 2018, which took place in Bonn from 21 to 23 March 2018. The EEAC Network co-hosted a session together with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) and a consortium of German NGOs.
The session focused on means, strategies and tools of communicating the SDGs to different audiences in Europe. Participants identified common challenges in communicating SDGs to different target groups, including the public, influencers, policymakers and constituencies, to increase awareness of decision-makers in politics, business and society for their role in engaging for a sustainable future.
The session included diverse presentations, lively discussion and knowledge exchange with a global-audience on different communication means, strategies and approaches. Read more.
The Chairs and Co-Chairs of the Marine Working Groups of the European Network of Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), presented their joint letter on the ‘Role of Science in Strengthening an Integrated Policy Approach to our Seas and Oceans’ on the 29th of January 2018.
The letter includes recommendations on – amongst others – the need for an integrated scientific approach to our oceans and seas; the need to increase ‘marine literacy’ among EU citizens: ‘no green without blue’, and the need for strengthened political support for successful and complete implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
Furthermore, the letter calls upon the Members of the European Parliament to: Support the establishment of a European Marine University; to organize a European Year of the Oceans and Seas; to make sure that political support goes beyond policy-making and to support more research in order to develop knowledge on the potential for ecologically efficient aquaculture and the potential for the harvesting of species groups from lower trophic levels.
The letter also includes the main outcomes of the workshop ‘The Role of Science in Strengthening an Integrated Policy Approach to our Seas and Oceans’, which was organized by EEAC and EASAC in November 2017.
Click here to read the outcome document.
The EEAC Network will act as an observer to the European Commission its high level multi-stakeholder Platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals as of 10 January 2018.
the EEAC Network – as an observer– will do its utmost best to serve as a liaison between the endeavour to promote sustainable development at European level and getting civil society and the scientific community engaged in implementing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development at national and subnational level.
The EEAC Network also aims to contribute to the vertical interlinking of stakeholders, from the European to the national and regional level. EEAC’s role as an observer provides the national and regional advisory councils for sustainable development with relevant and up-to-date information regarding sustainable development at European level. This information can be integrated in the advisory work of the national and subnational councils, ensuring that endeavours to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development between European and national and regional stakeholders are better aligned.
On Behalf of the EEAC Network Arnau Queralt Bassa (EEAC Chairman, and Co-Chair of the EEAC WG on Sustainable Development red.) and Dr. Gábor Bartus (Co-Chair EEAC WG on Sustainable Development, red) will fulfill the role as observers. Both are deeply dedicated to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The EEAC pleased to present the Message from Maastricht. In the Message, the Chairs of the EEAC member councils have set down their conclusions, based on the outcomes of the 25th EEAC Annual Conference, the deliberations they had, and the reflections received. The council Chairs share their thoughts on some of the issues raised at the conference and they also highlight the actions they intend to take to contribute to the implementation of sustainable development by means of the 2030 Agenda, and beyond.
CLICK HERE to read the Message from Maastricht.
The EEAC Network celebrated its 25th Annual Conference in Maastricht, the Netherlands, with an extraordinary event entitled ‘Towards the 2030 Agenda and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizens–science–policy interface’. The members of the EEAC board are very pleased to present the conference magazine. The magazine accompanies you on a journey through the conference day and includes articles, interviews, a column, videos and photo impressions.
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The EEAC and EASAC organized a workshop on the role of science in strengthening an integrated policy approach to our seas and oceans. The workshop was held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 14 November 2017, and was hosted by the office of Mr Ricardo Serrão Santos, member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries.
Mr Ricardo Serrão Santos welcomed al participants in a personal video message. For more information about the workshop and its outcome click HERE
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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