On 7 July EAPN participated in the EESC conference “Next steps for a sustainable European future – Reforming Europe, implementing SDGs” opened by the Commission’s First Vice-President Timmermans. The event came as a response to the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 by the United Nations to define next steps for a sustainable European future and unveil a new approach, ensuring Europe’s economic prosperity and social and environmental sustainability beyond the Europe 2020 timeframe in order to implement the SDGs.
The conference aimed at providing civil society and stakeholders with a forum to express their ideas on how EU internal and external polices can best contribute to an effective implementation of SDGs. It was accompanied by a series of workshops, including working groups on sustainable consumption and production, social justice and decent work, sustainable business and investment and on global partnership and peace.
EAPN Policy Coordinator Sian Jones was rapporteur on the workshop social justice and decent work. Click here to read the key messages from the group and here to know more about the conference and its programme, including its conclusions.