Marking the 4th Anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs, civil society denounces lack of ambition in the EU to fully implement SDGs

Four years ago, on 25 September 2015, the United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an urgent call to action to take bold and transformative steps to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.

Four years after this path-breaking agreement, European civil society shares serious concerns that the EU and its Member States still show very little sense of urgency or ambition about the actual implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the transition to sustainability. While millions have marched in the streets around the world last Friday calling for ambitious action to protect our planet and life-support system, the EU does not even have a strategy for how to implement the SDGs yet.

In a letter sent to the Commission-President-elect and Commissioners designate, SDG Watch Europe, the European civil society coalition advocating for the complete implementation of the SDGs, stresses the need to fully align the Political Guidelines “A Union That Strives for More” with the 2030 Agenda and to frame the EU proposals, including the Green Deal, alongside the SDGs and wider sustainable development principles.

SOLIDAR, as a member of SDG Watch Europe, strongly supports such a position, and wishes to reiterate the need for an overarching Sustainable Development Strategy and a comprehensive Implementation Plan; as well as for a fundamentally reformed European Semester as part of a new EU governance cycle to coordinate sustainable development efforts in Europe, in line with subsidiarity.