sef: Policy Lunch 2016

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From Shared Vision to Common Action.
Realizing the SDGs in the EU’s External Activities

More than a year after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the call for an overarching EU strategy for implementing the 2030 Agenda is growing louder. But while there is still uncertainty about how the EU is going to answer this call in particular with regard to its internal dimension, the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the EU’s external activities is advancing. With the integration of the SDGs in the EU’s Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy and with the ongoing Revision of the European Consensus on Development, the EU has set clear signals. In its Global Strategy, the EU promises a “joined-up” approach in its different policy fields, thereby underlining the integrated character of the SDGs. Furthermore, on 14 September 2016, the European Commission proposed a European External Investment Plan (EEIP) to contribute to the achievement of the SGDs in cooperation with the private sector. The EEIP would bring together different European programmes in a single coherent framework and promises a comprehensive approach to risksharing instruments for investors.

Together with representatives from the EU and the European Parliament, as well as with experts from non-European countries and from civil society, we would like to assess the EU’s activities so far and the next steps to be taken.

In particular, we would like to focus on the following questions:

  1. What would be important steps for the EU to live up to the promises of the Global Stragegy with regard to the SDGs?
  2. Will the SDGs be adequately integrated in the revised European Consensus on Development?
  3. Which course does the finalization of the design of the EEIP take? Will it be able to live up to expectations?
  4. And is the current emphasis on the implementation of the SDG’s external dimension not contradictory to the universal spirit of the 2030 Agenda - with the risk that the EU loses credibility with its international partners?

Brussels
Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU

Monday, 7th November 2016

Conference language English

Cooperating Partner
CIDSE - International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies, Brussels

Supported by the
Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia

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