Book launch event: ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: how can the EU contribute?’

Last week, SOLIDAR together with the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament and the Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS) presented their new book entitled Progressive lab for sustainable development: From vision to action. This happened in the framework of a joint initiative, which aimed to bring together young researchers, experts and policy-makers to think of steps the EU can take to move towards a more sustainable development model.

The book launch event was opened by MEP Gianni Pittella, President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, who stressed the leading role the EU can play in advancing sustainable development: "In a global climate of protectionism and building walls, it is more important than ever that developing and developed countries work across borders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for a world where no-one is left behind. We need to speak with a loud progressive voice. It is time for the EU to take a leading global role in transforming the positive rhetoric into action.”

 After a short presentation of the book, Carles Casajuana, a member of the SOLIDAR board and the Progressive Lab advisory board, emphasised the need for the EU to establish a clear and integrated roadmap that will enable the achievement of Sustainable Development both within the EU and externally over the next 15-year period.

This was followed by two rounds of discussions during which authors, experts, policy-makers and civil society representatives actively debated and exchanged ideas. The first panel discussed the role of the EU when it comes to shaping an alternative economic model for development while the second panel looked into access to quality education and the role of public-private partnerships.

What came out of the discussion is that political leadership is required to move forward in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda within and outside the EU. More particularly, SOLIDAR believes the EU should:

  • ensure the delivery of quality, accessible and affordable essential services in line with the 2030 Agenda and make sure that private investment should, if in the general interest, complement and not substitute public investment;
  • introduce European legislation that would oblige companies to observe mandatory Human Rights due diligence to ensure that they identify, prevent, mitigate and account for adverse human rights and environmental impacts;
  • adopt an overarching implementation strategy and integrate the 2030 Agenda in the Future of Europe debate to guarantee an effective implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

The book is available online!

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