EU ministers must make progress on implementing 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda | WWF

EU ministers must make progress on implementing 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

Posted on 11 May 2016
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WWF is urging EU ministers meeting this week to push forward the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development before a UN meeting in July.

EU Foreign Affairs Ministers should produce a ‘strong joint political statement’ that outlines Member States’ commitment to the 2030 Agenda, and calls on the European Commission to provide clarity on how implementation will be taken forward at regional level, WWF said in a recent letter to the ministers.

“The Sustainable Development Agenda has the power to transform everything we do, but it must be implemented swiftly and effectively. Ministers need to drive this implementation forward urgently to ensure the EU maintains its leadership and credibility”, said Geneviève Pons, Director of WWF European Policy Office.

“The EU should play a front-runner role in the run-up to the UN high-level meeting. As well as moving forward on the external dimension of the 2030 Agenda, the EU needs to develop a vision for its comprehensive implementation which encompasses all the relevant domestic and external policy areas”, commented Sally Nicholson, Head of Development Policy and Finance at WWF’s European Policy Office.

Plans to implement the 2030 Agenda in countries around the world as well as many EU Member States are now taking shape, and in July 2016, governments will gather again at the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) to review progress, build political impetus and launch actions and partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
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