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Implementing SDGs in and by Europe: What role for NGOs in the new partnership?

19th of September 2017, Paris

By invitation workshop - 10am to 5pm
Discussions will be held in English

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In Europe as much as everywhere in the world, reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will not be an easy task. To meet the challenge, governments insist on the need for all stakeholders to engage in the national implementation of these goals and in particular Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Two years after the adoption of SDGs, however, we observe that the definition of this new partnership is not clear yet, and that the mobilisation of NGOs differs widely across countries. A recent study among NGOs showed that the awareness of national SDG implementation plans and processes is particularly low in Europe, with 54% of respondents not being aware of their countries implementation plans for the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs (Together 2030, 2017).

In order to clarify the roles of NGOs in the implementation of SDGs in Europe, identify solutions to mobilize them further and to develop new partnerships with governments and the private sector, IDDRI, IEEP, DIE and SEI invite you to a collaborative workshop on September 19th, 10am to 5pm, in Paris.

This closed workshop will bring together around 30 representatives from NGOs, national governments from different European countries, representatives from EU institutions, as well as other civil society organizations. It is the first workshop in a series of collaborative events organized by our coalition of Think tanks from different European countries. Participants will interact in an informal setting in order to clarify expectations, exchange best practices and promote mutual learning. They will also discuss the difficulties encountered to mobilize NGOs and identify concrete solutions to strengthen their participation and contribution to the implementation of the Agenda 2030 in and by Europe.

>> Interviews of the participants: 

- Véronique Rigot (CNCD & Belgium 2030 Platform) - in French

- Roberto Bissio (Social Watch) - in English

- Martin Bortzmeyer (Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire) - in French

- Borbely Laszlo (Romanian Government) - in English

- Céline Charveriat (IEEP) - in French

- Bernhard Zlanabitnig (EU-Umweltbüro Austria / EEB) - in English

- Vaia Tuuhia (Association 4D) - in French