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  • Publication Item
    Published In: 2014
    8 pages
    A new global partnership - European Civil Society Positions on the Post-2015 Framework - Conference conclusions

    On 13 and 14 February 2014, over 150 civil society representatives gathered at the EESC to discuss their positions on a global Post-2015 framework for sustainable development. Participants from local, regional and national authorities, EU and UN level policy-makers, social partners, environment, development, human rights, agriculture and consumer organisations; industry, business and academia brought a wealth of perspectives into the debate. This summary of key points, prepared by the Conference organisers, will be brought to the attention of EU decision-makers in order to contribute to the formulation of a strong EU negotiating position on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

  • Speech Item 6 Mar 2013 Organisation: EESC, Speaker: Staffan Nilsson
    Staffan Nilsson`s address at the European civil society workshop on Sustainable Development Goals This workshop is exactly in line with what we had declared we would be doing to bring Rio home: we keep up the momentum for further promoting sustainable development, we want European civil society to be involved and we want to contribute with concrete proposals.
  • Speech Item 22 Jan 2013 Organisation: EESC, Speaker: Staffan Nilsson
    Staffan Nilsson`s address related to the Rio+20 assessment at the7th EU-Brazil Round Table meeting Sustainable development is a long-term objective and needs continuous action, and in particular civil society involvement all over the world. Rio+20 was an important mobilising factor for civil society around the world, we need to keep up the momentum and to hold our governments accountable for what they have agreed to in Rio de Janeiro last June. It has been one of the very positive experiences during my Presidency at the EESC to see how much we Europeans and you Brazilians agreed on key elements that were on the table of the negotiators at the Rio+20 Conference.
  • Speech Item 22 Jan 2013 Organisation: EESC, Speaker: Staffan Nilsson
    Staffan Nilsson`s opening speech at the 7th EU-Brazil Civil Society Round Table In February last year, Mrs Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, talking about EU-Brazil relations said that this is a relationship that is important, but she didn’t think that the EU had made it as important as it ought to be. We support the need to go deeper in our relations with Brazil. And here’s the evidence: we are again meeting today, keeping up the regular pace of our exchanges, willing to produce joint work that will be useful also to our political leaders. So we will send the result of this Round Table to Mrs Ashton, and to the Brazilian authorities, as we always do, in order to provide a civil society contribution to her important work. And we are doing it right in time for the next EU-Brazil Summit that will take place in Brasília in two days from now.
  • Speech Item 18 Dec 2012 Speaker: Staffan Nilsson
    Rio+20 follow up: European civil society contribution to the Commission's consultation "... The hearing this afternoon is focussed on the topics "inclusive green economy" and "sustainable development goals" because these were the two topics that the stakeholders stressed most when we had our Rio de-briefing session in early July. ..."
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    Public Hearing - Brussels, EESC, JDE 62 meeting room, Belgium
    The European Economic and Social Committee is following up on its engagement to "bring Rio home". On 18 December the EESC organised together with the European Commission a public hearing in order to enhance the impact of the Commission's ongoing consultation on the EU follow-up to Rio+20 by giving civil society representatives the opportunity to discuss statements related to the questions raised in the consultation.
  • Speech Item 9 Oct 2012 Organisation: EESC, Speaker: Staffan Nilsson
    Inter-institutional working-session on Rio+20 follow-up at EU-level The EESC has been very actively involved in the run-up to Rio, enhancing civil society dialogue in preparation of the Conference and at the Conference. We were committed to contributing to the EU's position and to mobilising EU civil society in order to push EU and world leaders towards an ambitious outcome. We know now that the outcome text has not been as ambitious as we Europeans would have wished it to be. Now we have to work to make the agreement a success by advancing further on the processes that were launched and by implementing at least here in Europe the proposals that we have put forward in New York and in Rio de Janeiro.
  • News Item 1 Oct 2012
    Eveyne Pichenot and Staffan Nilsson at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum
    The EESC at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum The EESC President Staffan Nilsson and the EESC member Ms Evelyne Pichenot took part in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum, where governments, non-governmental organizations, academics, businesses and students come together to discuss the latest issues regarding the multilateral trading system. Within the Forum, the EESC hosted a debate on: "Civil Society in Action – Monitoring Sustainable Development and wider FTA implementation: Lessons to be drawn from the EU experience". When he opened the debate, President Nilsson reiterated the EESC's strong political commitment under his mandate to promote further civil society involvement in the monitoring of the EU's trade agreements.
  • Publication Item
    Published In: 2012
    4 pages
    EESC messages for Rio+20
    Based on an intensive civil society dialogue the EESC contributed to establishing the EU's position on Rio+20. In February 2012, the major EESC conference Go sustainable, be responsible! European civil society on the road to Rio+20, sent out a list of messages to take on board at Rio+20 and called on our political leaders to step up their efforts to arrive to an ambitious outcome at the UN conference.
  • Press Release Item 13 Jul 2012
    Ref: 048 2012
    Translating Rio+20 into action The European Economic and Social Committee played a very active role in the run-up to the Rio+20 Conference, and during the conference itself, facilitating broad civil society dialogue and input. EESC president Staffan Nilsson is determined to push implementation of the UN conference results at EU level, and to give civil society a pivotal role in framing the Sustainable Development Goals. Since Rio, the Economic and Social Committee has wasted no time: a series of follow-up events have been held over the past few weeks, in the conviction that, as Mr Nilsson has often remarked, "the road from Rio is at least as important as the road to Rio". The EESC intends to make Rio+20 the starting point for a new world economic order, based on sustainability.

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