Sustainable Development

The Working Group on Sustainable Development consists of  representatives from different national and regional advisory bodies which have longstanding experience on the issue of sustainable development.

Through communication and coordination, as well as the combined knowledge, expertise, and resources of its members, the working group is able to address a number of relevant issues with regard to the development and implementation of sustainable development policies in the European area.

The Working Group is currently Chaired by:

Arnau Q                              gabor site

Arnau Queralt-Bassa       Gábor Bartus

Upcoming Events

Sustainable investment in Belgium: Better safe than sorry
29 January 2019 - 29 January 2019

Several Advisory Councils for Sustainable Development work on the issue of Sustainable Finance. The EEAC Network is glad to facilitate European cooperation among councils and stakeholders on this important issue. In 2019, we will kick off with an event by our Belgium colleagues.  

In the context of its work on the financing of the transition towards a carbon-neutral economy, the Federal Belgium Council for Sustainable Development organizes a second seminar on the implementation of the Action Plan: Financing Sustainable Growth of the European Commission. The proposal for a regulation on disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks (COM (2018) 354 final) and the revision of the guidelines on non-financial information will be discussed.

The programme will also include an in-depth discussion about the related key issues for actors involved in financing the transition in Belgium and in other European countries: institutional investors, asset managers, savers, NGOs and financial regulators.

Speakers will include:  Marie BAUMGARTS (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, Stockolm)(TBC); Dominique BLANC (Novethic, Paris); Sven GENTNER (European Commission); Jean-Marc GOLLIER (Eubelius, Bruxelles) and Yvonne ZWICK (Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, Berlin)

Academic presentations and an interactive debate with professionals from the financial industry are foreseen as well. The seminar will be conducted in English. Participation is free, but you are kindly invited to register here. The final programme of the seminar will be launched in due time.


Past Events

From policy to practice: Framing communication of the Sustainable Development Goals in the European Union
23 March 2018 - 23 March 2018

The EEAC Working Group on Sustainable Development co- organized a workshop at the United Nations Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development. The Workshop is entitled: ‘From policy to practice: Framing communication of the Sustainable Development Goals in the European Union’.The workshop took place on Friday 23 March in Bonn, Germany.

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development brought together the global community taking action to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. It recognized and celebrated the innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors who are transforming lives and generating practical solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems.

Thematic background
Through the global 2030 Agenda, the European Union and its member states have committed to sustainable development with its clear resolve to ‘leave no one behind. Europe is nevertheless still struggling to embrace these goals: broad swathes of civil society and business associations, as well as political parties, promote their agendas quite detached from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At a time when it becomes increasingly challenging to mobilize people for a joint agenda, actors need to improve their communications to protect and promote established norms and goals in the sustainability field. This includes mainstreaming the human-rights based approach to development, as provided by the framework of the SDGs.

Programme outline
The joint-session focused on means, strategies and tools of communicating the SDGs to different audiences in Europe. Our organizations 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.

case studies from our organizations were presented. After setting the scene, a lively discussion took place and the knowledge exchange with the global audience on different communication means, strategies and approaches kicked off. In a world-café setting, we worked together along the lines of the following guiding questions:

• Which narratives promote and protect sustainable development in the EU in your respective field?
• Which communication tools and instruments do you use to (effectively) communicate the SDGs?
• How can you reach the public and constituencies that are unfamiliar and not engaged with the SDGs?
• Can you identify important milestones or events that can be tied into the narrative of the EU’s future?
• What instruments exist to ensure that sustainability and/or the SDGs are part of the broader debate in prelude to the European Parliament’s elections in 2019?

A concluding debate with selected representatives from our organizations was utilized to reflect on the discussion results and outcomes. The representatives served as rapporteurs from the diverse world café discussions and tied together our take-aways.

To conclude
The EEAC is pleased that we had the opportunity to co-host this 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.

EEAC Partner event: International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation
18 September 2017 - 19 September 2017

The International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation is a leading international meeting aiming to create a permanent and multidisciplinary knowledge network on implementation of SDGs, where all stakeholders learn from each other: universities, governments, cities and public agencies.

Held in Barcelona, Catalonia, from 18th to 19th September 2017, it will gather multidisciplinary experts and high-level practitioners from around the world to exchange knowledge, ideas, experiences and expectations around the challenges involved with the SDGs. Through a combination of speeches by renowned experts, round tables and thematic workshops, the conference wants to open a debate among the different stakeholders on solutions for a sustainable development to transform society at local and global level.

The International Conference is one of the activities organized by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) in the frame of the International Summer School on Higher Education and Research Leadership. It aims to provide intellectual guidance and scientific evidences to the challenges of SDGs, with a humanist and critical thinking, promoting research and education to build a fair global community and more sustainable cities.

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Europe Ambition 2030 : International Conference
23 March 2017 - 23 March 2017

March 23rd marked the Sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. On that occasion, the international conference “Europe Ambition 2030 – Make Europe the world leader of sustainable development: a unique opportunity to build a stronger European Union” was organized to discuss the launch of a new vision for Europe based on the values and objectives of the 2030 Agenda.

The international conference organized by ASviS and other international partners – such as IDDRI, IEEP and the EEAC Network created a forum to discuss how Eu governance and policies should be redesigned to encompass the realization of the SDGs as a new basis for the achievement of the Union’s aim to “promote peace, its values and the wellbeing of its peoples” (art. 3, Lisbon Treaty).

The event had over 200 attendance. Amongst others, European high-level officials as well as representatives of leading civil society organizations, scientists and representatives of advisory councils. The Conference was hosted by the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Sala della Regina and took place in Rome on 23 March 2017.

Documents for Europe Ambition 2030 : International Conference:

Conference Programme
1 Pager Summary
Open letter to Heads of State