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Agenda 2030: The Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda 2030, agreed in 2015 at the UN General Assembly, has anchored a set of 17 goals and associated 169 targets that will act as the successors to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Agenda sets out to ensure prosperity and well-being for people within planetary boundaries and in the face of a changing climate. Agenda 2030 marks a refined approach to international development, where all countries take collective responsibility through the principle of universality. This is coupled with pursuing differentiated, yet ambitious actions by all countries to enhance the objectives and targets set out in the SDGs. This means more action needs to happen at home in the EU, as well as overseas through its international cooperation with developing countries and Middle Income Countries. The EU’s action to integrate sustainable development objectives into its domestic and international policies will serve as an important method to enhance climate action whilst tackling poverty and inequality. Thorough implementation of the SDGs should represent the integration of key environmental, development and climate concerns across many of the EU’s policy areas, for example, trade, energy, agriculture, and finance. 

Latest Publications

  • Open letter from the Coalition for Higher Ambition

    A unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities, trade unions and civil society groups, standing together as the Coalition for Higher Ambition, calls upon EU leaders to ramp up the EU's climate action.
  • Letter to Energy and Environment Ministers on strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy

    February 2019   Clean Planet for all: Strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy   Dear Energy and Environment Ministers, On 4 March and 5 March respectively you will meet in Brussels to discuss the European Commission’s proposed long term strategy vision for a climate neutral economy – A Clean Planet for all.
  • NGO letter on the long term climate strategy ahead of the Competitiveness Council

    In this letter, NGOs Climate Action Network Europe, Carbon Market Watch, E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism, European Environmental Bureau, Sandbag and WWF European Policy Office call upon EU Economy and Industry Ministers to: Endorse the European Commission’s strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy and support an EU long-term climate target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040; Call upon the European Commission to present a new and integrated EU industrial climate strategy for energy-intensive industries in support of a competitive, circular and net-zero emission heavy industry transition;  Recognise the immediate need to provide a policy framework which supports and incentivises the full decarbonisation and transformation of resource and energy-intensive industry sectors before 2050. NGO letter on the long term climate strategy ahead of the Competitiveness Council
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