7th Civil Society Forum: Civil Society Organisations Assess European Political Group Manifestos for a Sustainable Future

During the seventh edition of REAL DEAL’s Civil Society Forum for Sustainability, representatives from diverse Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) across Europe and beyond came together to critically assess the promises in the political manifestos of 5 European political groups: Party of European Socialists (PES), Party of the European Left (PEL), European Green Party (EGP), Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), and European People’s Party (EPP), a key activity of the Forum, as the EU gets closer to the European Parliament elections, on 9 June.

The Forum’s first day begun with an opening panel hosting representatives from The Good Lobby, E3G, a climate change think tank and the Party of the European Left, setting the stage for participants by discussing the extent to which the manifestos deliver on sustainability commitments and a green and just transition in light of the 2030 Agenda

The opening panel was followed with the assessment of the manifestos where the participants had the opportunity to engage in one of three learning spaces: Social Justice, Good Governance, and Planetary Boundaries, through the lens of progressive SDG targets and indicators. Participants had access to the manifestos on mural boards during the breakout sessions, moderated by the facilitators. These boards served as a platform for input and suggestions, facilitated interactive analysis and discussion. Following the participants assessment, they scored the manifestos according to the specific SDG targets and indicators to indicate how well they are aligned with the SDG goals and priorities. A wide variation was observed in the extent to which the European political parties aim to deliver on the commitments of the 2030 Agenda, with many gaps in implementation remaining.

Throughout the Forum, participants engaged in discussions with the representatives of the political parties at EU level and continued their discussions in their respective learning spaces by assessing the manifestos. The outcomes of these discussions will be compiled into a policy tool summarising the main findings of the forum, as well as an SDG scorecard on the manifestos

Coming soon: Join us for the next meeting!

The Civil Society Forum meets three times per year and the next forum meetings will take place online on the 11&12 June 2024.

Keep an eye on the SOLIDAR and REAL DEAL websites for updates and further information.