(Brussels, New York, 24/09/2015) As Heads of State and Government meet in New York to formally adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the centerpiece of the Sustainable Development Summit and 70th UN General Assembly – the CONCORD-Beyond 2015 European Task Force urges all EU Member States to start prioritizing implementation.

“After four years of hard work to draw up the framework, now it’s time to put all our energies into making sure every country implements the spirit of the Declaration as well as the letter of the Goals and targets. That means that people and planet must remain front and centre of all implementation efforts”, said Sally Nicholson, co-chair of the CONCORD-Beyond 2015 European Task Force.

“It’s crucial that both the EU and Member States, now that they are beginning to think about implementation, put in place a truly participatory process to draw up their sustainable development plans. And those plans must be as comprehensive as the framework itself: now is not the moment to start cherry-picking the bits of the framework they like and leave the rest which doesn’t suit them. If they do that, there is no way we’ll ‘leave no one behind’ or start undoing the harm we are causing to the environment”, said Tanya Cox, co-chair of the CONCORD-Beyond 2015 European Task Force.

CONCORD-Beyond 2015 ETF is calling on EU and its Members States to commit to implementing the Agenda 2030, these SDGs and their means of implementation, in full.

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Notes to editors

1. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for adoption at September 2015 UN Summit here.
2. The new agenda replaces the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and represents the culmination of a lengthy process of public consultations, civil society and stakeholder’s engagement, and intergovernmental negotiations spanning almost three years.
3. CONCORD-Beyond 2015 ETF analysis of the outcome document ‘Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ and recommendations for the EU and MS here
4. CSO letter to Vice-President Timmermans asking (1) for a clear EU implementation strategy, which reflects the integrated, interlinked and comprehensive nature of the Agenda; (2) to make the results of the Commission’s internal mapping and the subsequent analysis public and to hold a consultation on the next steps with civil society in all its diversity; and (3) to create a robust, effective, participatory and transparent monitoring and accountability mechanism at EU level to guide and review implementation of the strategy, to analyse progress and redirect efforts as necessary here
5. Next steps: The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP21, will be held from November the 30th to December the 11th.
6. CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. It represents NGOs from all 28 EU member states, as well as 20 international networks and 3 associate members.

For more information please contact: CONCORD Communication Officer Maria.Galeone@concordeurope.org and CONCORD Head of Membership and Communications Team Soledad.Briones@concordeurope.org