Is Europe advancing on the Sustainable Development Goals?

By Jeffrey Moxom, SDG Watch Europe Coordinator, European Environmental Bureau

Just six and a half years remain before 2030, and the EU is underway in its preparations for its first EU Voluntary Review (EU VR) to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. EU Commission Secretariat-General and DG INTPA are set to present a report at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York.

We at SDG Watch Europe have been advocating for the EU Voluntary Review to be used as a stepping stone to an overarching EU Strategy for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, which includes an action plan and adequate financing mechanisms, as well as a renewed commitment to multilateral cooperation to keep the momentum going on the 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement, and European Green Deal.

An EU VR Task Force has been established for SDG Watch Europe members, with three meetings held in 2023. In addition, SDG Watch Europe will attend a workshop on 4 April entitled How to strengthen the EU’s leadership on the SDGs. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss priorities for strengthening the EU’s leadership on the SDG Agenda, both domestically and internationally, ahead of the two major international summits – the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July and the SDG Summit in New York in September. 

REAL DEAL has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101037071. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the authors and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

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