In 2015, the EU signed up to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But since then, the EU’s progress has been slow, and it has not yet presented a coherent strategy on how to implement the Agenda in Europe.
The 2030 Agenda and its goals are based on the understanding that the challenges we face, from poverty and environmental destruction to inequality and conflict are all inter-connected.
The Agenda and its goals are ‘universal’, and thus need to be implemented across all the EU’s internal and external policies.
What is WWF doing?The Sustainable Development Goals touch all aspects of our lives from achieving gender equality and tackling climate change to sustainable consumption and production.
WWF believes that the EU must develop a coherent overarching strategy to ensure that all the Sustainable Development Goals are implemented.
Civil society has a vital role to play: Civil society brings experience, expertise, and diversity to the table. It must be an active partner in every aspect of Sustainable Development Agenda implementation, from planning the policies to putting them into place and monitoring progress.
Financing is key: To move from commitments to reality, the SDGs must be reflected in national plans and budgets of the Member States and in the EU Multiannual Financial Framework.
Monitoring and reporting is crucial: Transparent and participative monitoring mechanisms must be put in place to track the EU’s progress on the SDGs and enable stakeholders to identify the gaps.
Partnerships and coalitions: WWF is part of SDG watch, a European alliance of NGOs from the development, environment, social, human rights and other sectors. The goal of this alliance is to hold governments responsible for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
WWF is also a member of CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are also a member of the management committee of the European Commission's SDG multi-stakeholder platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU.
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Our watch: Sustainable Europe, 2017
EU Action for Sustainability, WWF response, 2017
The Belt & Road Initiative, WWF Recommendations and Spatial Analysis, 2017
Sustainability Now! A European vision for sustainbility
Towards a sustainable European Future, 2016
EU Development policy and the SDGs, 2016