The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is an advisory body in the EU institutional set-up representing European civil society. We act as a vibrant forum for European civil society dialogue - hence, ensuring a broader democratic legitimacy and effectiveness of the European Union.

The Sustainable Development Observatory, as a body within the EESC comprising 33 members from a wide range of civil society organisations, is dedicated to engage people in Europe and globally for a sustainable world. The SDO has made it its priority for the coming years to help ensure that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is implemented in Europe to its full potential.

"We fully support the initiative for a European Sustainable Development Week", says Brenda King, the president of the Sustainable Development Observatory. "Local initiatives play a crucial role in the transformation of our economies and societies towards a sustainable model. All around Europe non-governmental stakeholders - local communities, citizens, workers and businesses as well as non-profit organisations - have developed excellent innovative projects. The European Sustainable Development Week is a good opportunity to give these champions more visibility and encourage them to go ahead."

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Green Week

Green Week 2016 will take place from 30 May to 3 June. Focusing on the theme "Investing for a greener future", it will contribute to answering a broader question of how to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. Green Week 2016 has an ambition to become a truly participatory event, with a legacy lasting beyond its actual dates. It aspires to become a forum for stakeholders and citizens across Europe to engage and express their views or show examples of how today's investments can help the idea of a 'greener future' become a reality for the generations to come.

Therefore, in addition to the traditional high level conference in Brussels, a number of other events and actions in other Member States, as well as social media and online activities will be featured as an integral part of the Green Week, allowing for a large variety of organisations and actors to become involved as partners.

GW 2016 is an interactive forum for policy makers, journalists, stakeholders as well as the general public – it's open to all! The official Green Week website will be online soon, where you can find more details and register.

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The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is the environmental voice of European citizens, standing for environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory democracy. We want the EU to ensure all people a healthy environment and rich biodiversity. We represent more than 140 member organisations from 31 countries with a membership base of more than 15 million individuals or households.

The European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) provides an opportunity to engage our members on the issue of building a more sustainable future for Europe.  Now more than ever, it is important to send a clear message to the EU institutions that the thousands of citizen initiatives and organisations operating at local level expect action on the pressing environmental challenges of our time. These include climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, resource depletion, waste and hazardous chemicals.

– Jeremy Wates, EEB Secretary General

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The network of European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) believes that a transition towards a more sustainable Europe, which addresses the environmental, economic, social and cultural dimensions of sustainability, is both necessary and possible.  The EEAC is happy to endorse and support the European Sustainable Development Week 30 May – 5 June 2015.

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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a CEO-led organization of some 200 forward-thinking global companies, is committed to galvanizing the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.  In line with our vision to apply respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action, we are pleased to support the European Sustainable Development Week.

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SDSN Germany

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany) strives to promote sustainable development as a guiding principle for politics, business and society with a particular focus on Germany and Europe. Member organisations of SDSN Germany are at the same time members to the global SDSN with offices in New York, Paris and New Delhi.

In the context of the ESDW, SDSN Germany contributes to a high-level meeting on "How to make SDGs Europe's Business - A Multi-Stakeholder Approach" co-organised by the global SDSN, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the SDG Charter and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. Also, one of its member organisations, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), is co-hosting a climate lecture in Berlin. SDSN Germany is driven by the idea that future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are relevant for all countries across the globe, and therefore strongly supports the overall objectives and ideals of the ESDW.

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Representing a diverse mixture of cities and regions from across the globe, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the world's leading association of local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI strongly supports the aims and ideals of ESDW.

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Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committed to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. Through their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020.

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Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) – Baltic 2030

Over the past 20 years the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development - Baltic 2030 has acted as a macro-regional expression of the global UN Agenda 21 and collected a significant experience of working on sustainable development issues in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Our members are various government ministries and agencies from the 11 Baltic Sea states (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden), the European Commission, numerous intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, academic and financial institutions, as well as local, city and sector networks.

The overall mission of the CBSS Baltic 2030 is to facilitate and support macroregional engagement in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to foster coordinated sustainable development governance through mutual learning, exchanging and dissemination of best practices.

The CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit is acting as the Leader of Horizontal Action CLIMATE of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Key strategic areas of cooperation include climate change adaptation and low carbon development. Implementation the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a challenge, but it is also an opportunity for sustainable transformation of the Baltic Sea region, therefore the CBSS continues its efforts to reach it, therefore we are happy to support the European Sustainable Development Week 30 May – 5 June 2016.

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CSR Europe

CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. Through its network of around 50 corporate members and 45 National CSR organisations, it gathers over 10,000 companies, and acts as a platform for those businesses looking to enhance sustainable growth and positively contribute to society. Aligned with its flagship initiative Enterprise 2020, which works to address European and global challenges to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, CSR Europe is proud to be a partner of ESDW.

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Students Organising for Sustainability

SOS is an international alliance of student and youth organizations that collaborate to progress their work on social responsibility and environmental sustainability. It is creating a global movement of student leaders collaborating for sustainable world.

Across Europe, young people are innovating and campaigning to build a sustainable future. The European Sustainable Development Week allows these young people to demonstrate their leadership to the decision-makers and the public of Europe. A partnership between SOS and ESDW is also an opportunity for youth organisations in different corners of the continent to collaborate- upscaling their ground-breaking local and national activities towards international ambitions!

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