EEAC Working Groups (WG) are a key mechanism of collaboration in the EEAC network. The WGs bring together the views of individual advisory bodies on selected and strategic topics, such as sustainable development, energy and ecosystems.
On this page you will find an overview of the upcoming- and two most recent events, (co) organized by the EEAC Working Groups. Please consult the Working Group Pages for further information on the events organized on Circular Economy, Energy and Climate Change, Fresh Water Affairs, Marine Affairs and Sustainable Development
the EEAC Working Group on Sustainable Development will co- organize 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 will take place on Friday 23 March (11h30 to 13h00) in Bonn, Germany.
The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development brings together the global community taking action to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. It will recognize and celebrate the innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors who are transforming lives and generating practical solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems.
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.
The joint-session will focus on means, strategies and tools of communicating the SDGs to different audiences in Europe. Our organizations have 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.
To bring together our knowledge about communication success stories and barriers, we will present case studies from our organizations. After setting the scene, we wish to open the discussion and the knowledge exchange with our audience on different communication means, strategies and approaches. In a world-café setting, we want to work 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 will reflect on the discussion results and outcomes. They will serve as rapporteurs from the diverse world café discussions and tie together our take-aways.
The EEAC is pleased to co-host this session together with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and a consortium of German NGOs.
The EEAC, the Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia and the Barcelona office of the European Commission are co-organizing a morning seminar to discuss the actions taken by the European Commission on the Circular Economy Package and the consequences of these policies on the economy. For more information please visit the WG Circular Economy page on this website.
The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (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. For more information please visit the WG Marine Affairs page on this website.