On 8 June, the European Parliament Library will be hosting the book launch “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: How can the EU contribute?” organised by SOLIDAR, FEPS and the S&D group.
For one year now, FEPS, the S&D group and SOLIDAR have been actively working together in the framework of the Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development. This initiative was set up to bring together young researchers, experts and policy-makers to think about the concrete steps that the EU can take to move towards sustainable development. In total, nine articles have been developed with the support of a high level scientific board, leading to the production of a joint book titled “Progressive Lab for sustainable development: from vision to action”.
What concrete steps can the EU take to move towards an alternative model of development? Can trade policy contribute to achieve decent work for all? Can multinational enterprises promote and be a vector of sustainable development? What rules are needed to ensure that each actor contributes to sustainable development?
These are some of the questions which have been covered by the book and will be discussed during the book launch together with the authors, experts and Members of the European Parliament. Indeed, there is an increasing emphasis on the role of the business sector both in implementing and financing the 2030 Agenda. While recognising that reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will need the engagement of all stakeholders, including the business sector, there should be a clear recognition of the strengths and limitations of each actor. In this context, the relationship established between the public and private sectors requires a clear regulatory framework and monitoring mechanisms able to align the interests of both sectors with the interests of the larger public. The EU as a global actor should set up a level playing field that will allow all stakeholders to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 agenda while acting in the collective interest.
This event will bring together Gianni Pittella, Member of the European Parliament and President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D Group), Conny Reuter, Secretary General of SOLIDAR, Ernst Setter, Secretary General of FEPS, Roberto Bissio, Director of the Instituto del Tercer Mundo and coordinator of the international secretariat of Social Watch, Lelio Iadpadre, Professor of Economics at the University of L’Aquila, Carles Casajuana, SOLIDAR Board Member and part of the editorial committee of the book, Markus Loewe, Senior researcher at the German Development Institute, Fabiana Maglio, Education Specialist and Yentyl Williams, Researcher on EU affairs with the African, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) countries at the University of Gent, and Founder and President of the ACP Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN).