In prelude to the public hearing on the European Commission’s Reflection Paper ‘Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030′ as organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the Co-Chairs of the EEAC Working Group on Sustainable Development sent a message to the EESC rapporteurs. The letter includes the current observations among EEAC-Network member councils with regard to the Commission’s Reflection Paper and conclusions drawn by the Co-chairs. Read More
Complementary to initiatives taken and recommendations made by the EU
Multi-Stakeholder Platform on SDGs, Think 2030, IUCN, and the report to the Club of Rome ‘Transformation is feasible’ and after the events it hosted in Rome, Brussels and Milan in 2017 and 2018, the informal group Europe Ambition 2030, of which the EEAC Network is a partner, will organize a debate on the issue of alliances to transform Europe on
the basis of Agenda 2030. The debate will be co-organized together with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels on February 25th 2019. Read More
The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) welcomes the decision of the State Secretaries’ Committee for Sustainable Development to concern itself with the topic of sustainable finance on 25 February 2019. In prelude to Committee’s meeting the RNE shared its recommendations to the State Secretaries’ Committee for Sustainable Development on the topic of sustainable finance. Read More
As part of a fitness check, the European Commission is currently evaluating the Water Framework Directive. In its open letter to Environment Commissioner Vella, the SRU stresses the value of the directive for water protection, but emphasizes the need to strengthen the implementation of the directive. Water protection issues and financing of conservation measures should also be taken into account in the negotiations on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy. Read More
The ambition to live well within the boundaries of our planet is an increasingly deep-rooted desire among a growing number of Europeans. Thousands of students are dedicating themselves to expressing serious concerns about the ecological crisis and climate change, and these concerns are clearly shared broadly by other participants in society. And concerned citizens are not alone. Their outcry is publicly supported by a vast group of scientists from across the globe. The support of citizens, scientists, entrepreneurs and organized civil society will be essential for embarking on an unprecedented journey of systemic transformation. And this is a journey that the European Union must undertake in order to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
This societal support should be leveraged to create new partnerships and alliances. Through partnerships we achieve more: more impact, greater sustainability, increased value to all. This is why, at the 27th EEAC Annual Conference partnerships for sustainable development (SDG 17) will be the main lens through which we will engage with challenges such as the energy transition, fresh water, and the preservation and sustainable use of our seas and oceans. Read More
By being an active contributor and observer to the EU’s high-level multi-stakeholder platform; by for example providing input to the targeted consultations on this issue and by participating in several other European initiatives, the EEAC Network has been closely involved in the preparatory process of the Reflection Paper. The Paper will be analyzed and discussed in several forums at EU level in the weeks to come. In prelude to these discussions, the EEAC Working Group on Sustainable Development will have an video-conference to discuss the paper among fellow advisory councils.
The Belgium Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO-CFDD) commissioned a study on sustainability of innovative economic models with a focus on mobility. The research questions which the FRDO-CFDD set for this study were thus:
* Which innovative economic model should the government support to achieve a sustainable society as efficiently as possible? * How should the government support this innovative economic model?
study the FRDO wishes to improve its position in the discussions concerning innovative economic models. Click here for more information.