The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
Denmark has a high level of political commitment to Agenda 2030, as one of its initiators, and an action plan for implementation has been in place since March 2017.
Civil society organisation (CSO) engagement occurs primarily through informal networks, with the two NGO networks active in the area of the SDGs recommending that the government establish a multi-stakeholder platform.
The Ministry of Finance (MF) is responsible for EU follow-up in order to maintain a holistic approach and create links to national follow-up. The Ministry of Finance coordinates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and line ministries when relevant. The Ministry of Finance coordinates and meets with stakeholders and other bodies in a manner similar to that of an SD Council.
Involvement in implementation of Sustainable Development Goals
During the Agenda 2030 negotiations the MFA hosted regular meetings with civil society and the private sector, which the government has undertaken to continue during implementation. Denmark engages civil society and NGOs through informal dialogue with the Danish 92 Group (D92G) and Global Focus (GF) networks.
Denmark also cooperates on SDGs through the Nordic Council, which has its own sustainable development strategy.
Examples of CSO engagement include:
A two-day conference in autumn 2015 to mobilise and engage Danish CSOs on Agenda 2030;
Parliamentary hearing in March 2016 with D92G & GF;
Conference in February 2017 on Denmark's follow-up on the SDGs, the first step towards the establishment of an SDG multi-stakeholder platform;
Meeting with stakeholders in preparation for the voluntary national report (VNR) presentation at the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on 3 May 2017.
Civil society platform for 2030
The Danish 92 Group is a coalition of 24 Danish NGOs working on sustainable development.
Global Focus is an association of NGOs working in international development.
Both networks have agreed on joint SDG priorities:
An upscaling of partnership-driven implementation efforts both in developing countries and with partners in Denmark and at a global level.
Strengthening accountability measures in Denmark, focusing on Denmark’s domestic and foreign commitments to the agenda as well as increasing awareness-raising activities with the clear purpose of engaging a wide variety of Danish stakeholders and the general public.
April 2017 list of five recommendations to improve the government's SDG action plan, including the creation of a multi-stakeholder platform on SDG implementation.
In June 2018, several NGOs published a shadow report on the implementation of SDGs in Denmark.
Denmark ranks 1st in the SDG global index ranking of 2019
The national statistical bureau is tasked with developing indicators jointly with the coordinating body and presenting a yearly progress report to the UN.
Statistics Denmark estimates that 32% of indicators are available now, 23% are unclarified, 14% are non-statistical and 4% are not relevant to Denmark. It is currently attempting to develop indicators for the remaining measures.
The government is to publish annual progress reports (the first will come out in summer 2018) on 37 targets for review by Parliament.
Every fourth year, a comprehensive status report will be published to include new initiatives and adjustments.
Voluntary National Report
Prepared by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with line ministries and CSO networks for the UN High-level Political Forum 2017.
Cooperation with regional governments and municipalities is important for implementation as they spend 70% of public funds.
Denmark's Voluntary National Review can be accessed here.
Statistics Denmark has published reports on six SDG (6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17) ahead to the 2018 UN annual meeting.