National cross-sectoral coalitions
National CSOs from different sectors come together and collaborate more effectively on the monitoring of the correct implementation of the SDGs
MEPs for SDGs
The European Parliament has an important role in the implementation of the SDGs
Time to reach for the moon
The EU needs to step up action and lead the transformation to sustainability
Turning point. The pandemic as an opportunity for change: a vision by Nick Meynen
23 December, 2021
By European Environmental Bureau (EEB) Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that a return to…Read more
DEEPENED INEQUALITIES DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
20 December, 2021
By SDG Watch Europe The short-term wellbeing costs of COVID-19 have been severe. The pandemic is having…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.