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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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.
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).
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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.
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.
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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
The Paris agreement ignited new energy in climate policies. Climate laws can be seen as a crucial instrument to deliver to the Paris agreement. Consequently The EEAC will organize a workshop entitled ‘The role and functioning of national and sub-national climate laws and climate committees to deliver to the Paris agreement: case studies, best practices’.
The Workshop will be hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the EU and will take place on Friday 17th June 2016. To register please send an email to email@example.com
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The EEAC Working Group marine session ‘Maritime Spatial Planning: Lessons learned and main challenges identified’ is an official European GreenWeek 2016 partner event. Read more
You are welcome to join us in Brussels Tuesday 31st May 2016. Please register via firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop aims to enable mutual learning by bringing together select group of European and national experts to share knowledge, experience and views on the lessons learned from the implementation of the maritime spatial planning policies. Special attention will be paid to subjects such as monitoring, the relation between maritime spatial planning and marine protected areas and to the general challenges ahead.
The new website of the EEAC Network is live as of May 2016, and has a functional and user‑friendly design. www.eeac-network.eu will be the online platform to inform EEAC members and partners about topics including the activities of the working groups, EEAC annual conferences, and the activities of the member councils.