European Economic and Social Committee

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Implementing SDGs - civil society in action

Belgium Brussels, Belgium
Number of people taking this action: 50-250
In the context of the third anniversary of the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda, the European Economic and Social Committee organises a public debate where we will explore how the EESC is working towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in practice – both with civil society, and within the Committee itself. The SDGs can be implemented both as top-down goals, with governments and institutions providing the driving force, and as bottom-up initiatives by non-state actors and civil society. As a representative voice for civil society at a European level, the EESC is ideally placed to support both. The work, however, doesn't stop with just supporting action for the SDGs – the Committee strives to practice what it preaches. On 28 September, the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) of the EESC will: look at how SDGs can be used to promote transparency in governance, present some examples of how specific SDGs are supported - both for civil society, and within the Committee - and explore the next stages for civil society's role in the SDGs. The EESC is also delighted to have the Italian economist and Co-Chair of the UN Secretary General’s “Independent Experts Advisory Board on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development” Professor Enrico Giovannini, and former Commission Director-General for Environment and current Senior Advisor to the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) dealing with Sustainable Development, Mr. Karl Falkenberg as keynote speakers for this public debate. A draft programme can be found on the event website: A registration form is availabe here:
12 Responsible Consumption & Production 13 Climate Action
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About European Economic and Social Committee

The EESC is an advisory body in the institutional set-up of the European Union, representing the organised civil society. With 350 Members distributed among three groups (employers, workers and various interests), the EESC acts as a vibrant forum for European civil society dialogue – hence, ensuring a broader democratic legitimacy and effectiveness of the European Union.