What next for European action on SDGs?

What next for European action on SDGs?

Scope and objectives

On Tuesday 27 June 2023, the EESC will host a hybrid public hearing to explore ways to strengthening the implementation of the SDGs in the EU.

During the event the speakers will:

  • take stock of the progress achieved on the Agenda 2030;
  • identify any unique challenges and put forward recommendations on how to enhance the impact of European policies on achieving the Agenda 2030;
  • review the EU's internal and external implementation of the SDGs.

This event will count with representatives from the upcoming Spanish Presidency of the EU, the EESC and various civil society organisations, and it will be webstreamed live on our website.

Interpretation provided: EN, FR, DE, ES. No registration required.

Background

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all developed and developing countries in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

2023 is a crucial year for the Sustainable Development Goals. In the second semester of 2023, two significant events will occur. The annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2023 and the SDG Summit convened under the auspices of the General Assembly in September 2023 will mark the mid-point in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Also, this year, the European Commission undertakes the first-ever EU-level Voluntary Review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to take stock of the EU's internal and external implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to be presented in New York in July.

The Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 of Spain, as part of the upcoming Presidency to the Council of the European Union, has requested an exploratory opinion to the EESC to take stock of the progress achieved on the Agenda 2030 to identify any unique challenges and put forward recommendations on how to enhance the impact of European policies on achieving the 2030 Agenda, both within and beyond the EU. This public hearing aims to gather the views of different civil society actors and feed into the EESC works to elaborate the exploratory opinion.