Sustainable development must be at the heart of the future of Europe. If we want to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, we need to act now. The time for reflection is over, urges the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in its recent opinion on the Commission's Reflection Paper "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030".
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How to link sustainable food procurement with strategic policies or climate change actions? How to overcome public procurement issues related to purchasing "local & regional food"? If 1€ invested in sustainable school meals brings up to 6€ in social return in investment imagine the impact of sustainable school meals all across Europe! ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in partnership with the Committee of the Regions and the Organic Cities Network Europe invite you to the 30th edition of Breakfast at Sustainability.
CDP European Roundtable which brings together leading businesses, public officials and CDP experts to discuss the latest topics in sustainable business. On 20 February CDP partnered with the EESC to organise this year's Roundtable. The event report is now available.
The Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU will place the fight against climate change high on its agenda. One of the challenges will be to unite the 28 Member States around this fight and focus on the opportunities that a more sustainable Europe can provide for economic, social and environmental progress.
Food is at the centre of our lives and an integral part of the European culture. Food also plays a crucial role in our economy: it is the Union’s biggest manufacturing sector in terms of employment and contribution to GDP. Also, the food we eat, the ways we produce it and the amounts wasted have major impacts on human health, on natural resources and on society as a whole.
Non-state and subnational actors have so far played a decisive role in action on climate, but they often face unsurmountable obstacles. At the COP 24 climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, on 2-14 December 2018, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Luca Jahier, stressed how urgent it was to tackle climate change and underlined the fact that Europe needed to embrace a new mechanism for sustainability that included multi-stakeholder governance.
The 'EU for Talanoa' conference is organised by the European Commission on 13 June 2018 as part of the EU's contribution to the Talanoa Dialogue, an international process to take stock of the collective and individual efforts towards the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
How can citizen-driven, nature-based solutions- including becoming pesticide-free, lead to greener and healthier cities? How can the European Commission and European networks support an enabling framework where cities and towns can implement such solutions for better health and resilience of its citizens? These are some of the questions to be discussed with practitioners from inspiring cities - including European Green Capitals - and networks.
Business representatives, workers’ and consumers’ associations, NGOs, local and regional authorities and other stakeholders gathered in Brussels for the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 20-21 February. The EESC is also preparing opinions on the new package of policies implementing the CEAP.
Civil society, cities and regions call for targeted support for their vital contribution to implementation of the Paris Agreement