Read CONCORD-Beyond 2015’s 2030 Agenda analysis and key recommendations for EU and Member States ahead of the Post-2015 Summit (New York, 25-27 September).
1. Prioritise People and Planet: We urge the EU and its Member States to lead the way in taking urgent action to put itself on a low carbon development trajectory. We call on the EU and its Member States to recognize and act on the wealth of economic thinking that refutes the need for economies to grow ad infinitum, and that offers alternative models of progress.
2. Integrate fully the economic, social and environmental dimensions of Sustainable Development: We look forward to the EU and its Member States’ plans for taking forward the agenda in an integrated, coherent and balanced way, addressing interlinkages throughout future policy and action – in line with the vision set out by the Council Conclusions in December 2014.
3. Universality… means All Countries, All Goals: We recommend that the EU and its Member States demonstrate how they are going to respond to the principle of universality by setting out, in comprehensive plans, concrete actions and timeframes to implement not only all the goals and targets, but also the Means of Implementation contained in the agenda.
4. Achieve Equality: We urge the EU and its Member States to focus specifically on prioritising those people and countries which have until now been left furthest behind and to measure progress both qualitatively and quantitatively. This implies that in designing future policy and action, the EU must prioritise progress for the most marginalised groups and those furthers behind in its both its own domestic implementation and in its international cooperation. Eliminating all discrimination against women and girls by 2030, in line with the Agenda 2030 vision, should be a key priority for EU leaders. The EU must also ensure that its policies do not impact negatively on the ability of partner countries to address inequality in their contexts.
5. Empower People through Participation: We encourage the EU and its Member States to guarantee the involvement of civil society and other stakeholders as soon as implementation and accountability discussions begin. A fully participatory process has to be guaranteed and institutionalised at every stage.
6. Introduce Alternative Measures of Progress: We urge the EU and its Member States, which have been investing time and resources in investigating alternative measures of progress for over ten years, to pilot such measures urgently as a contribution to the global process.
7. Implement Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development: The EU and its Member States should ensure that they take a ‘whole of government’ approach to its implementation of Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development. The EU should set the example, given its considerable experience in this domain, to strengthen its institutional mechanisms – including for providing redress to people who are victims of ‘incoherent’ policies – and to demonstrate the value of policy coherence for sustainable development.
8. Provide Requisite Means of Implementation: We urge the EU and its Member States to identify far more clearly than it has to date in its preparations for the Addis Ababa Conference, how it will undertake its share of responsibility on financial and non-financial means of implementation, particularly regarding those which require actions and transfers to partner countries, and to set out a timeline for delivery which would enable transparency, accountability and ensure that those countries will be able to take them into account in their planning to achieve the Goals and targets included in the Agenda.
9. Clarify “The Global Partnership”: We ask the EU and its Member States to put in place mechanisms to clarify roles and responsibilities of both state and non-state actors and ensure effective accountability as part of its implementation plans.
10. Measuring Up To Commitments: Accountability: Finally, we expect the EU and its Member States to establish participatory processes involving all stakeholders at national and regional (EU-wide) levels to develop implementation plans and to engage in a systematic way in monitoring, accountability and review.
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