Luca Jahier stated at the high-level conference on Sustainable Development Goals and Initiatives for Sustainable Global Value Chains co-hosted by the EESC, the European Commission and the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands that there is no alternative to a sustainable economy: "Europe must be sustainable or it will simply not be".
The conference, which took place on 30 October, gathered representatives of businesses, trade unions, NGOs and professional organisations from across Europe, and the opening session also included Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the European Commission, and Sigrid Kaag, minister for foreign trade and development cooperation of the Netherlands.
One of the main conclusions of the conference was that the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a joint responsibility shared by civil society, the EU and the Member States' authorities, as well as the private sector. Experts also agreed that a combination of regulatory measures and incentives to encourage voluntary initiatives is crucial to enhancing private companies' and citizens' involvement. (dgf)