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EU must seize opportunity to adopt new political vision and give global leadership on sustainable development
07 December, 2018
Says leading EU CSO coalition SDG Watch Europe in Open Letter to EU Leaders Urgent need for…Read more
Newsletter from the SDG Watch Europe network – NOV 2018
03 December, 2018
View this newsletter in your browser EDITORIAL: The unbearable burden of inequalities (or the 2030 agenda as a…Read more
The unbearable burden of inequalities (or the 2030 Agenda as a roadmap to fight inequalities in Europe)
29 November, 2018
by Alissa Ghils and Barbara Caracciolo [The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of…Read more
What is SDG Watch Europe
SDG Watch Europe is an EU-level, cross-sectoral CSO alliance of NGOs from development, environment, social, human rights and other sectors. Its goal is to hold governments to account for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).
Our work is coordinated along the lines of the four interlinked Work Strands. Organisations joining SDG Watch Europe can participate in one or more of these working strands.
The New Global Agenda
On 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Civil society all over the world has been working towards this for many years. Strong global and European consultations and advocacy campaigns have led towards this milestone.
But while the Agenda 2030 has been adopted, the real work is now. Our challenge as European Civil Society is to make Agenda 2030 a reality, making sure we reach all of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, within Europe and globally.
These goals can only be fully achieved with active and broad civil society engagement. CSOs will need to advocate for the policies required, raise awareness of goals and targets amongst the general public, monitor progress in implementing the SDGs and push for action where needed (watchdog role).
No other actor can combine these different and mutually reinforcing roles as effectively as civil society can. At EU level, with new EU level structures that emerge, CSOs need to help them to get the right shape while also mobilising people for the implementation phase. Agenda 2030 is nothing less but the most ambitious and potentially transformative global agenda ever adopted by the international community.