Accounting for six percent of the global population and 22 percent of global economic output, the European Union is a global player whose actions are decisive for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) both within Europe and globally.
Some of Europe’s most pressing socio-economic priorities and challenges including rising inequalities, youth unemployment, and climate change are covered under the Goals, making it imperative for the EU to commit and invest seriously into their achievement, while at the same time leading the global movement towards the 2030 Agenda.
Adopted in 2015 by all 193 UN Member States, the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs set quantitative targets for 2030 covering economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The European Union and its member states have committed to these Goals but have not taken bold actions needed for their achievement, like the alignment of both their strategies and budgets with the SDGs. The upcoming elections to the European Parliament in 2019, the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) covering the decisive years 2021-2027, and the formation of the next EU Commission are the EU’s last opportunity to lay the ground for a sustainable future in Europe.
To address this important moment in time, the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are organizing a conference in Bonn on 15 October 2018 that will explore ways of making the SDGs an integral part of the political agenda in the EU in alignment with these upcoming high-level events. The event will take place on
Monday, October 15, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Deutsche Welle in Bonn
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn
and will be followed by a public evening event.
Membership of both networks, as well as experts from academia and politics, are invited to attend in order to promote exchange and develop concrete initiatives that will steer the European Union towards implementation and achievement of the SDGs. Featuring dialogue, plenary and breakout sessions, the conference is supposed to be a kick-off event and aims to incentivize further joint activities of the membership of ENoP and SDSN in Europe.
We invite you to have a look at the conference programme. Registration for the event is now closed, but if you would still like to attend, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also have a look at this piece written by SDSN Germany Executive Director Adolf Kloke-Lesch.
For more information on the work of ENoP, please visit www.enop.eu.
This event is hosted by SDSN Germany and Deutsche Welle and supported by the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Foundation for International Dialogue of the Savings Bank in Bonn.