A PCSD perspective on the European Commission Work Programme 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Women's rights and trade

The need for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development is more evident than ever. The current COVID-19 pandemic is having devastating impacts on people’s lives and health. The crisis has also affected people’s human rights – economic, social, cultural, civil and political – and has made inequalities within and between countries even more flagrant.

In this paper, CONCORD analyses the European Commission’s work programme – both the first version released in January 2020 as well the version from May 2020 (adjusted to the realities of COVID-19) – to provide a few key entry points for the EU as to when and how to apply Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.