Brussels/Paris, February 2018. The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have agreed to cooperate in the promotion of the universally applicable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the European Union. The SDGs have been adopted by all countries in the world and set quantitative targets for 2030 covering economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The European Union (EU) and its member states have committed to these goals, but they are struggling to align their strategies and budgets with the SDGs. Broad swathes of civil society, business, and politics pursue their narrow agendas without considering the scale and breadth of societal needs, as expressed by the SDGs.

In light of the upcoming events on EU level, including the European elections in 2019 and the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), there will be great opportunities and even necessity to promote the inclusion of the SDGs as an integral part of the political agenda in Europe.

ENoP and SDSN will work with members of their broad networks across the EU and beyond to better communicate the SDGs and engage diverse audiences within the member states of the EU as well as at the European level by related and joint activities. The objective is to combine the spirit of the European integration with the promotion of the SDGs. As a first step, ENoP and SDSN will co-host, together with others, a session at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development (21 – 23 March 2018 in Bonn) on communicating the SDGs to different European audiences.

ENoP, established in 2006, serves as a communication and dialogue instrument between European political foundations and the institutions of the EU.  It portraits itself as a bridgebuilder between politics and civil society. The network presently counts approx. 45 member foundations from more than 20 countries (within the EU and candidate countries) The members are close to party families represented in the European Parliament, belonging to the democratic spectrum but independent in their decision making and financing of international projects. SDSN, operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. There are more than 200 SDSN members and several national and regional SDSNs (SDSN Greece, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mediterranean and Northern Europe) active in almost all EU member states.