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).


Paris Agreement came into effect!

The Paris Agreement came into effect on Friday 4 November 2016. The EEAC Network wishes to congratulate the international community with this achievement and especially wishes to congratulate the French colleagues with an outstanding job!

The councils as gathered in the EEAC Network dedicated years to the subject of climate change. The EEAC Network dedicated its 23rd Annual Conference to the Paris Agreement. The conference focused on the role of civil society in climate change mitigation and adaptation processes. The EEAC conference took place just prior to COP21. Now, less than a year after the COP21, and the signing of the Paris Agreement, the first universal climate agreement came into effect on Friday November 4 2016.




Presentations of the 24th EEAC Annual Conference are online

Agenda 2030 presents an ambitious vision that covers the ‘five Ps’ of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. However, this vision will come under severe pressure if shifts, shocks and stresses like climate change and financial, social and resource crises are not properly addressed. Therefore, the ability to deal with and use these shifts, shocks and stresses to spur renewal and to promote sustainability seems more important than ever. For that reason, the further integration of the concept of “resilience” in European policy-making is of major significance.

Although the concept of resilience is increasingly used in various fields (including in the context of environmental protection and sustainable development), a gap still seems to exist between scientific output and the specific needs of policy-makers and practitioners in this area. The EEAC network has therefore had a conference aimed at bridging the gap between science and policy, by conducting an informed debate and sharing knowledge on how resilience can be taken into account in policy-making.

The plenary conference programme took place over one and a half days, and touched upon the role of resilience policies in contributing to the effective implementation of Agenda 2030, focusing in particular on the food, energy and water nexus, the challenges of creating resilient communities, and the roles of the different governmental levels. The conference brought together representatives from global and European institutions, national and regional governments, research institutes, non-governmental organisations, and advisory councils.

This year’s event was organized jointly by the EEAC and the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS), and took place in Barcelona on 20 and 21 October 2016.

Click here for the presentations


EESC, ESDN and EEAC: CONFERENCE ‘Next steps for a sustainable European future – Reforming Europe, implementing SDGs . 7 July 2016

With the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015, the United Nations has set out an unprecedented action plan to fight poverty and inequalities worldwide while respecting planetary boundaries. Achieving these goals will be challenging for European countries as well as for the EU as a whole. The Commission announced it would take action in 2016 to define next steps for a sustainable European future and unveil a new approach, ensuring Europe’s economic prosperity and social and environmental sustainability beyond 2020 in order to implement the SDGs.

The European Economic and Social Committee together with the EEAC Network and the ESDN  contributed to this reflection with a conference on “Next steps for a sustainable European future – Reforming Europe, implementing SDGs” wich took place on 7 July 2016 in Brussels.

The conference provided an open dialogue with FVP Timmermans on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe.  The sessions and the interactive workshops on sustainable consumption and production, social justice and decent work, sustainable business and investment and on global partnership and peace produced a series of interesting policy recommendations from a civil society perspective. The final session featured Karl Falkenberg’s first presentation of his report to the Commission President on ways to strengthen sustainable development in the EU and was followed by an in-depth debate.

The conference outcomes will be communicated to the Commission .

The workshop conclusions can be found here: Conclusions