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.
Civil society as a driver for change towards sustainable societies - Models empowering civil society
Chair and moderator Brenda King, Chief Executive, African and Caribbean Diversity, President of the Sustainable Development Observatory, EESC Member
Opening Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Deirdre de Burca, Advocacy Co-ordinator with the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP), member of the Steering group of SDG Watch Euro - Presentation of SDG Watch Europe as a successful case of CSO self-organisation
Joan Lanfranco, Advocacy Officer, Trade Union Development Cooperation Network, International Trade Union Confederation (TUDCN-ITUC) - Presentation of the ITUC SDG engagement strategy
Rebecca Malay, AVP and Director for Advocacy and Development Cooperation, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement - Presentation of a successful model from another world region
Lutz Ribbe, Director at Euronatur Foundation, EESC Member - Bottom-up approach and coalition building, example climate policy
Debate with participants
Isabel Caño Aguilar, General Union of Workers (UGT) Spain, EESC Member
18 July, 6.15 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
UN Conference building, Conference room 11