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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

  • Coal is out. Are the Western Balkans in?

    Are EU member-states in Southeast Europe ready for timely and just transition beyond coal? For the Western Balkans, membership hopefuls, the question is how much longer can public subsidies and Chinese loans keep coal zombie alive at growing cost to health, livelihoods, and the environment?
  • Submission - Feedback on ENTSOS' Proposals for TYNDP 2022 Storylines

    Future energy infrastructure planning in Europe needs to be fully aligned with the Paris Agreement. CAN Europe recommends to increase variation of TYNDP 2022 storylines by assessing higher ambition of greenhouse gas emission reductions. In order to reach the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement, a trajectory towards net-zero emissions in 2040 should be assessed. Instead of primarily opposing “decentralised” and “global” solutions in the TYNDP 2022 storylines, at least one scenario should analyse how to prepare European energy infrastructure for a 100% renewable energy system in the most efficient way, combining the best out of both “decentralised” and “global” futures.
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