7. Juli 2016
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 intends to contribute to this reflection with a conference on "Next steps for a sustainable European future – Reforming Europe, implementing SDGs" on 7 July 2016 in Brussels.
Opened by the Commission’s First Vice-President Timmermans the conference will provide civil society and stakeholders with a forum to express their ideas on how EU internal and external policies can best contribute to an effective implementation of SDGs. Thematic break-out sessions will address the most important policy areas. The event will feature a debate with Karl Falkenberg, special adviser of the Commission President on ways to strengthen sustainable development in the EU.
The programme is available here.
You are kindly invited to participate. Please register here by 1 July.