In less than two weeks, as we mark the anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (i. e. 25 September), Civil Society Organisations from all around the world will take to the streets to remind governments of their commitment to 1) achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; 2) make sustainability a major goal of their action and decision-making practice.
President Juncker’s State of the Union speech (SOTEU) on 12 September made no reference to sustainability, nor to the 2030 Agenda. The same can be said of his Letter of intent to the European Parliament President Mr. Tajani and to Chancellor Kurz. Indeed, the Letter that contains his proposals for key initiatives to focus on over the coming nine months only refers to the reflection paper 'Towards sustainable EU by 2030' that it is being finalised. It does not talk of any further initiatives nor of next year’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) where the EU is due to report on its progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda.
So, the forthcoming anniversary of the 2030 Agenda will be not just a celebration, it will be time for a wake-up call for Europe: SOLIDAR, together with SDG Watch Europe and as part of the Make Europe Sustainable for All Campaign will join this call for urgent and accountable action.