WILL THE GLOBAL PACT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT SAVE THE PLANET?

By Patrizia Heidegger, EEB “Every person has the right to live in an ecologically sound environment adequate for their health, well-being, dignity, culture and fulfilment”. That is the first article of a draft ‘Global Pact for the Environment presented by French President Macron in 2017. You would be forgiven for thinking that this right already […]

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EU must seize opportunity to adopt new political vision and give global leadership on sustainable development

Says leading EU CSO coalition SDG Watch Europe in Open Letter to EU Leaders Urgent need for a new political vision for EU In advance of the planned European Council summit in December (14th & 15th), a leading European civil society network SDG Watch Europe  has issued an open letter to EU Leaders highlighting the […]

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The unbearable burden of inequalities (or the 2030 Agenda as a roadmap to fight inequalities in Europe)

by Alissa Ghils and Barbara Caracciolo [The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors] The 2030 Agenda relevance within EU domestic policies Three years after its adoption, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has not yet been fully incorporated in EU domestic policies and it is still considered, largely, as […]

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Mobilizing across the globe to achieve the Agenda 2030 – #Act4SDGs

By Ingo Ritz, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) On 25 September, a million people in 1,248 cities & communities in 143 countries came together in 1,666 actions across the world for the Global Day of Action 2018 – Act4SDGs to mark the anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030. Globally, […]

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Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens

By the SDG Watch Europe and a broader coalition of CSOs The foundation of the European Union is one of the most impressive peace projects in modern history. A region was created proclaiming human dignity, respect for human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law as its core values. Along with maintaining lasting […]

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How the SDGs are being highjacked and what to do about it

By Marie-Luise Abshagen, German NGO Forum on Environment and Development The use of the SDGs as a reference in the political discourse has more or less become quite a mainstream thing to do. We can see this in domestic policies, on the EU level as well as in international processes. This can be a good […]

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The urgent need for reform of the UN’s HLPF

By Deirdre de Burca – SDG Watch Europe Steering Group member *This article reflects the personal views of the author on HLPF reform. SDG Watch Europe members will be consulted for their views on the issue in early autumn 2018. For those SDG Watch Europe members who attended the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) […]

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Citizens and sustainable development are big losers in EU’s next research programme

By Jill McArdle, Global Health Advocates The European Commission has released its proposal for the next EU research framework programme, Horizon Europe, set to begin in 2020. The proposal comes at a critical moment for the EU. Democracy across the EU is in a state of transformation. Shaken by recent electoral shocks, leaders are paying […]

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Fight Inequalities campaign gets underway

By Solidar, World Vision and the EEB Last week on 6 June, the global Fight Inequalities campaign was launched at the European Development Days. The campaign was organised by civil society organisations from 15 EU countries who are working to increase awareness and push for the policy and social change needed to tackle inequality and […]

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Integrate sustainability pledges into the future EU budget

By People’s Budget campaign European decision-makers, civil society organisations, academics and other stakeholders from all over Europe call on the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission to integrate sustainability into the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU. The EU budget is not an accounting tool, but a means to achieve common political […]

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