Europe's Future and the SDGs


In June 2024 EU citizens will not only elect the new European Parliament and chart the way to the formation of the next European Commission, both in charge until 2029, but also lay the foundations for the future of the EU and its global role well into the next decade. Political parties campaigning for the European elections and the future leaders of the EU have historic responsibilities. European citizens and civil society, political parties and European institutions need to enhance European democracy, social cohesion and prosperity within planetary boundaries and strengthen the EU’s global engagement for a cooperative world order. Decisive actions must be taken in the EU and globally before 2030 to avoid irreversible environmental tipping points and to keep a chance of achieving global goals, including the 2030 Agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. The new leaders of the EU will also be responsible for agreeing on the next EU seven-year budget (2028-2035) and negotiating the next global agenda for sustainable development to continue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) beyond 2030.


Scope and objectives

The discussions during this high-level hybrid event hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network on the theme of Europe’s future and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • aimed to provide relevant contributions on how the EU can strengthen its SDG leadership in the context of the upcoming European elections in June 2024 and UN Summit of the Future in September 2024;

  • featured the launch of the 5th edition of the Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR) which tracks annually since 2019 the performance of all EU member states and partner countries on the SDGs and is co-designed with civil society;
  • highlighted opportunities and mechanisms for further engagement with civil society organizations and the private sector to advance the SDGs in Europe.

The event was webstreamed with interpretation in EN, FR and DE. We invite you to watch the recording.

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