In the framework of the High-Level Political Forum, CONCORD Europe launches a position paper targetting the EU to match the ambition of the 2030 Agenda and respect some major components in the implementation of the agenda towards a just and sustainable world.

Months after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, plans to implement the Agenda in different countries and regions around the world are taking shape. In July, the world will gather again at the High Level Political Forum to review progress, generate political impetus and launch partnerships and actions to advance shared goals.

In the run-up to this High-Level Political Forum, CONCORD believes the EU should continue playing a front-runner role, inspiring others by showing how it is able to match the ambition of the 2030 Agenda with clear EU implementation plans, which reflect the integrated, interlinked and comprehensive nature of the Agenda, in order to ensure well-being for all within planetary boundaries. CONCORD believes that for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development implementation plans to be successful – both at EU and at national level – they should at least include the following 9 components, each of which are further specified in the position paper:

  1. Political leadership to push the agenda forward;
  2. Overarching strategy to implement the integrated 2030 Agenda at home and abroad;
  3. An in-depth gap analysis;
  4. Adequate financial resources;
  5. Governance: horizontal and vertical integration; clear roles and responsibilities;
  6. Legislation and policies revised or developed;
  7. Communication Strategy (to the people);
  8. Participation of all people in planning, design and implementation processes;
  9. Regular monitoring, review and accountability on the basis of relevant indicators.

–> Find the position paper here


In the framework of this policy process, an online campaign #Time4EUaction has been started as well as several letters have been sent to EU leaders to convey these messages: Letter to Timmermans, Letter to Katainen, Letter to Mimica, Letter to Mogherini.

Next to these initiatives, together with CSOs from a wide variety of sectors, a letter has also been sent to First Vice-President Timmermans calling on the EU and each of its Member States to develop an overarching Sustainable Development Strategy with a timeline of 2030 and a concrete implementation plan which coordinates the achievement of the 17 goals, 169 targets and their indicators.