Global Forum Network Meeting 2022. 4-7 September 2022

SDG advisory bodies from more than 20 countries gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, in the context of the Global Forum Network Meeting 2022. The Global Forum is a network of multi-stakeholder bodies that accelerates SDG delivery through sharing experiences and jointly visioning forward across national perspectives. The EEAC Network is an active member of the Forum and was represented by the Co-Chair of the EEAC Working Group on Sustainable Development, Gábor Bartus and the Network Coordinator, Michiel de Vries.

On day one Global Forum members compiled the individual accomplishments, lessons learnt from pilot projects as well as reflected on their respective working contexts with a view to identifying common priorities and focus areas.

On day two, the Global Forum started forming Communities of Practice (CoP) for 2022/23. Based on the discussions of the most urgent topics and existing barriers and hurdles, as well as the joint identification of entry-points for the work for national SDG advisory bodies, the Global Forum members took forward a process of forming and planning of the communities of practice.

On day three, a public event explored South Africa’s journey towards implementing the 2030 Agenda. The topic of the political panel was the country’s journey towards implementing the 2030 Agenda, particularly in terms of how South Africa has integrated the SDGs into national policy processes. Speakers discussed the role of various stakeholders contributing to the transformation of key development sectors.

During the Network Meeting a joint call to action was discussed. Following the meeting the German Advisory Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) drafted a meeting report, and finalized the call to action. In the call to action representatives of advisory bodies that are part of the Global Forum, called for all governments and national stakeholder groups to support the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’s proposals in “Our Common Agenda”. They also called on all respective national governments and other stakeholders to take bold action, by taking concrete steps at both national and local level and bridging them with international tools and mechanisms. Read More

Latest publication: Nature everywhere and for everyone

Nature is declining at an alarming rate in the Netherlands. According to the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli), the biodiversity crisis is as serious as the climate crisis. Robust nature is crucial for the quality of life in the Netherlands. People depend on nature for their health, for clean drinking water, for healthy food and for clean air. In its advisory report Nature-Inclusive Netherlands, the Rli calls on the Dutch Government to reverse the decline of nature and to ensure its recovery. Such efforts will only succeed, however, if the authorities commit to nature everywhere and for everyone. Read More

Advisory councils got briefed on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context

Today (Monday June 27) the EEAC Network hosted a briefing for colleagues from national and regional advisory councils on sustainable development. 30 Colleagues from 11 EU Member States were updated by Eurostat on their recently published report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context.

In order to place the findings of the EuroStat report in the right context, three European experts shared their reflections on the state of SDG implementation in the EU. On behalf of the European Economic and Social Committee, Maria Nikolopoulou shared her views. MEP Barry Andrews also shared his reflections, taking a more political angle. Civil Society was represented by SDG Watch Europe’s coordinator Jeffery Moxom.

The briefing took place in compliance with Chatham House Rule. Open and honest collegial information sharing and exchange were the goal of the briefing.

Experts discussed Voluntary National Reviews at joint EEAC&ESDN workshop

The EEAC Working Group on Sustainable Development, in cooperation with the colleagues of the ESDN, organised the 7th Peer Learning Platform, which took place in Brussels, Belgium on 14 June 2022.

The title of this Peer Learning Platform is “Voluntary National Reviews: Challenges, Successes and Lessons Learned” and the goal of the session was to offer national level and EU level policymakers the chance to exchange and learn from countries that have already done their second VNR. The Platform also focused on the European Union’s VNR for 2023. Read More

The fourth and final episode is online! In focus: EU taxonomy

Today, the fourth and final episode of the podcast series Sustainability Made in Europe has been uploaded. The fourth episode focuses on the EU taxonomy, has been put online. In the podcast, the adoption of the first part of the EU taxonomy in the area of climate protection is classified politically and in terms of content by Antje Schneeweiß, managing director of the Arbeitskreis kirchlicher Investoren (AKI) and member of the Platform on Sustainable Finance, Kristina Jeromin, managing director of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany, and Alexander Bassen, RNE council member and professor of business administration at the University of Hamburg.

In the first three episodes, high-ranking experts contribute their knowledge and experience from the negotiations on the European Green Deal, the draft Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDD) and the draft of the planned Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). With a mix of interviews and background information, the European Green Deal, as well as EU sustainability policy in general, is examined from different angles.

The podcast series is a joint project of the Belgian Sustainability Council (FRDO-CFDD) and the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), under the umbrella of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (EEAC). Click here for the four episodes of the podcast series.


New: Our podcast on the draft Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive is published

The third episode of the podcast series Sustainability Made in Europe: A Policy Podcast on Finance, Reporting & Governance is launched! This third episode focusses is available, focusing on the draft Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).

In the podcast, Sven Gentner, Head of Corporate Reporting, Audit and Rating Agencies at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DF FISMA), and Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Professor of Business Administration, in particular Capital Markets & Corporate Governance at the University of Hamburg and member of the German Advisory Council on Sustainable Development (RNE), discuss the draft directive from a political and content perspective.

Previous episodes

In the first two episodes, high-ranking experts contribute their knowledge and experience from the negotiations on the European Green Deal and the draft Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDD). With a mixture of interviews and background information, the European Green Deal as well as EU sustainability policy in general is examined from different perspectives. Click here for the first three episodes of the podcast series.

Next episode

Another episode on EU taxonomy will be published in the coming weeks.

Discussing our work in the context of geopolitical developments

Council representatives, secretary generals and directors of eleven advisory councils e-met to discuss the impact of the war in Ukraine upon topics advisory councils work on, such as climate change, environment and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Participants also discussed how advisory councils can take the lead in the transformation process towards a sustainable Europe by 2030, while possibly facing a more challenging climate, including shifting budgets and political focus.

The matters discussed will: 1) feed into the EEAC Network’s contribution to the European policy level, 2) help to shape the EEAC Working Groups’ agenda’s and 3) enrich the advice that individual or consortia of advisory bodies can give to their governments and parliaments.

Welcome to the EEAC Network’s 30th anniversary conference in Helsinki on 14-15 September

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the 30th anniversary conference of the EEAC Network in Helsinki, Finland, on the 14 –15 of September 2022.

Finland’s three independent scientific advisory panels – The Expert Panel for Sustainable Development, The Finnish Climate Change Panel and The Finnish Nature Panel – are hosting the event. The theme of the conference is The Critical Decade of Action: Mobilising Sustainability Transformation in Europe.

Please consult the draft programme HERE & make sure to REGISTER or get more information on the conference webpage HERE