Last week, 25 September marked the 3rd anniversary of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
For the occasion, CONCORD published a review of SDG’s implementation of good practices across Europe. The review offers inspiring examples of how the EU Member States are putting the SDGs on their national agendas.
It summarises 13 good practices from 11 EU countries, divided into 4 categories: 1) Monitoring and Accountability, 2) New Partnerships, 3) Parliamentary Involvement and 4) Participative Process.
From the independent work of the Austrian Court of Auditors which reviewed the government’s (lack of) action in implementing the SDGs to the commitment of the Swedish and French governments to include CSOs in their work ahead of the UN High level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the engagement of the National Parliament in the Netherlands - where CSOs invited new MPs to “adopt an SDG” and to advocate for it in legislative debates – all around Europe the action of CSOs is ensuring that the 2030 Agenda does not remain a mere declaration of intentions.
Indeed, 3 years after the birth of the Agenda 2030 and its SDGs most states are running behind.
For this reason, SOLIDAR, which is a member of CONCORD, welcomes this paper and supports CONCORD’s request to governments and parliaments to draft clear national roadmaps to implement the 2030 Agenda, including monitoring mechanisms. SOLIDAR similarly calls on the EU, which signed Agenda 2030, to adopt similar measures and turn its signature into a real commitment.