2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 2nd anniversary: enough to celebrate?

25 September marked the 2nd anniversary of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a global framework that aims at transforming the way policies are designed, monitored and implemented, ensuring the respect of planetary boundaries and leaving no-one behind.

 The anniversary was the occasion for civil society organisations to remind both the European Commission’s President, Mr. Juncker, and First Vice-President, Mr. Timmermans, of the urgency of taking action to change the current (unsustainable) European development model.

SOLIDAR participated in the CONCORD-lead Blow the Candle out action and the SDG Watch Europe’s “elephant in the room” action at Schuman Roundabout.

 These various actions all had a common message: without a clear and ambitious EU implementation strategy and work plan, without real policies to dramatically reduce inequalities, change our consumption and production patterns, and operationalise the principle of policy coherence for sustainable development, in few years’ time we will not have much left to celebrate. 

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