The Working Group 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 Queralt-Bassa Dr. Gábor Bartus
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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.
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Open letter to Heads of State
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: