SOER 2020: Civil society's role for a just (and fast) transition towards sustainability

SOER2020 Event, 12 February 2020

Scope and objectives

The EESC Sustainable Development Observatory and the European Environment Agency will jointly host a public event aiming to engage a broad range of civil society organisations to:

  • examine the core messages of the SOER 2020 report and their implications for actions in support to ongoing policy processes, in particular those related to the European Green Deal.
  • look at ways to boost the role of civil society for a just transition towards sustainability and to translate knowledge into action
  • discuss how to foster the engagement and active participation of all stakeholders, including youth, in accelerating the shift towards a more sustainable Europe.


The European Environment Agency’s report

The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest report on ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2020’ (SOER 2020), published on 4 December, states that Europe faces environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency. Europe will not achieve its 2030 goals without ambitious action during the next 10 years to address the alarming rate of:

  • biodiversity loss,
  • increasing impacts of climate change,
  • overconsumption of natural resources. 
The European Green Deal

Accelerating the sustainability transition will require fundamental and far-reaching policy action, engaging all sectors of economy and society to enable systemic change, while leaving no one behind. The need for such far-reaching change is reflected in the Commission's European Green Deal, which emphasises the importance of ambitious transformations to tackle climate change and environment-related challenges, and the opportunities that these could create for a just and inclusive transition.

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Background paper - SOER 2020: Civil society's role for a just and fast transition towards sustainability