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Europe is at the crossroads of sustainable development

Posted on 16 November 2016
Europe is at the crossroads of sustainable development
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Brussels, 16 November 2016

The European Union will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 14 years if it does not adopt an overall strategy. Without that strategy, the incoherencies in EU policies will make that impossible, given the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda, shows the new CONCORD report on Sustainable Development, entitled ‘Sustainable Development – The Stakes could not be higher’.

“The EU urgently needs the courage and conviction to take a great leap towards a sustainable future, following good practice by some of its Member States such as Finland.

“By adopting an ambitious overarching strategy for sustainable development and guiding European policies towards transformation, the EU and its Member States can make a real difference, for people in Europe and around the world”, said Jussi Kanner, Co-chair of CONCORD' structure working on Sustainable Development.

“The EU needs to address the incoherencies and challenge the power imbalances at stake. In many of its policies and practices, the EU negates progress towards sustainable development, like using development policy to curb irregular migration, prioritising Global Value Chains over local food security, or ignoring the true cost of GDP-growth for people and planet,” commented Evert-Jan Brouwer, Co-chair of CONCORD's structure working on Sustainable Development

“The Sustainable Development Agenda can help revive the EU, addressing its identity crisis, re-establishing its global leadership and enabling it to make a real difference to people’s lives. Continued civil society engagement is crucial, and must be at the heart of the EU's implementation plans," stated Sally Nicholson, Head of Development Policy and Finance, WWF European Policy Office.

The CONCORD report entitled ‘Sustainable Development – The Stakes could not be higher’ analyses the EU’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development by looking into five facets of the EU policies, highlighting good practices, alarming cases and recommendations.

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