Think 2030  is a new sustainability platform bringing together think tanks, businesses, civil society, policy makers and local authorities. It provides a forum to explore and take forward solutions to Europe’s most pressing sustainability issues and identify pathways for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and beyond Europe.

The conference co-organised by IDDRI, will take place on October 17-18th, 2018, in Brussels. 

17th of October - full day event
Research community and stakeholder dialogue

A group of Europe’s sustainability think tanks and research institutes will present and discuss with stakeholders the main findings and recommendations of a range of policy papers addressing various sustainability issues in a roundtable format. The areas that will be covered include: climate, the circular economy, bioeconomy, biodiversity, food and agriculture, oceans, trade, green investment and greening foreign affairs and defence.

The objectives of the sessions will be to identify the main trends related to the SDG debate, create synergies between different areas and goals, reconcile the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability and define clear recommendations for long term EU action.

High-level speakers at the event include Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament, Honorary Chair of IEEP and GLOBE EU President and Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA).

18th of October - morning
Panel debates in the European Parliament

The main findings and recommendations of Think 2030 will be discussed with Members of the European Parliament who will present and identify priorities for action related to SDG implementation ahead of the European Parliamentary elections. The conference will also explore the role of policy makers, local authorities, business and young people in strengthening EU governance for the implementation of SDGs and the next steps for environmental governance in the context of the future of Europe debate.

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