Sustainable Development & Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development
Climate change, food insecurity, gender inequality, resource constraints, population dynamics, increased migration and mobility, unsustainable economic growth, consumption and production model, the financial and economic crises…. all pose complex and interrelated challenges that must be addressed in a holistic way, reflecting the highly interlinked nature of the world today. It is no longer possible or reasonable to imagine that we can deal with issues in silos going forward. Not only does this not take into consideration the impacts of one policy or action on another, but it is increasingly unlikely that we can be successful in tackling one area without also working simultaneously on other areas.
In the hope to address the root causes of these common global challenges, world leaders came together in New York to adopt a universal, integrated, people- and planet-centered 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Now, this Agenda needs to be translated into action at global, regional, national and local action, to bring about the change we want over the next 15 years. For this reason, also the EU and its Member States are expected to design and implement overarching, integrated Agenda 2030 strategies for domestic as well as international action.
CONCORD believes the EU should play 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 and governance and accountability mechanisms, which reflect the integrated, interlinked and comprehensive nature of the 2030 Agenda, in order to ensure well-being for all within planetary boundaries. The 2030 Agenda is a universal agenda which not only looks at change needed in Southern countries, but equally what the EU and its Member States have to do or do differently.
EU policies can have serious impacts on partner countries’ sustainable development plans and their people’s human rights. From cheap subsidised exports that local food producers can’t compete with, to EU companies eating up precious natural resources, it is often a case of giving with one hand and taking with the other. This while the EU and its Member States actually have a legal obligation to make their policies coherent with development objectives. This engagement stands in the so-called ‘Lisbon Treaty’. The official term is ‘Policy Coherence for Development’. Within the 2030 Agenda, this concept was broadened to ‘Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development’. Too often EU self-interest sidelines other people’s rights. Many policies have negative effects on vulnerable people. Key policy areas that have an impact on sustainable development include trade, energy, external relations, security, environment and climate change, migration, agriculture and fisheries policy. At CONCORD we therefore work to show the inconsistencies and incoherencies of these policies.
The change we want to see:
- Governance and participatory accountability: We want the EU to strengthen mechanisms that will ensure coherence in their policies. We want the EU to monitor the implementation of the SDGs in a transparent and participatory approach.
- Combatting inequality: We want the EU to review policies creating inequalities in all its dimensions.
- Gender equality: We want the EU to measure progress on gender equality in external policies related to the SDGs.
- Beyond growth: We want the EU to broaden its economic approach to progress by systematically including well-being indicators in EU policies that have an impact on third countries
- Sustainable consumption & production: We want the EU to support secure and equitable rights to productive resources for small scale producers, especially women, and promotes sustainable production and consumption.
On the occasion of the EU leaders meeting, taking place in Valletta on February 8-9, CONCORD expresses its concern that Official Development Assistance (ODA) is increasingly used for the promotion of European migration and security interests. This is policy incoherence in its worst form, ignoring the EU Treaty obligation for Policy Coherence for Development and the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development.read more
Monitoring a moving target: Assessment of the implementation plan of the EU Food Security Policy Framework
Discover our 5 key recommendations on the EU Food Security programme and how to ensure the Right to Food for all…read more
Great news for non-English speakers and French language enthusiasts! CONCORD report on Sustainable Development 2016 finally arrived in French language…read more
From January to June 2017, Malta is chairing the EU Council. In that framework, civil society organisations, such as SKOP (Malta’s national NGDO platform and member of CONCORD) will use this opportunity to promote development education and raise awareness on development and cooperation policies. The following article will guide you through the Maltese priorities as well as the main development activities covered under the Presidency.read more