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 Queralt-Bassa Dr. Gábor Bartus
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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.
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 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.
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.
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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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: