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."Link to partner
EU Green Week is your annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy. Organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment, this key event in the environment policy calendar attracts policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and the globe. EU Green Week 2017 will take place from 29 May to 2 June with the theme of 'Green jobs for a greener future'. It will focus on how EU environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic, sustainable and socially responsible growth in the EU. It will also highlight the demand for new types of green skills in many professional sectors. In addition to a high level conference in Brussels, the programme will also feature a series of partner events and actions taking place across Europe. As well as being invited to take part in person, stakeholders and the general public are encouraged to become 'virtually' involved by participating in a wide range of on-line and social media activities. Website: http://www.eugreenweek.eu/Link to partner
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 GeneralLink to partner
The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (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 pleased to endorse and support the European Sustainable Development Week initiative.Link to partner
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.Link to partner
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.
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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.Link to partner
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.Link to partner
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.Link to partner
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.Link to partner
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!Link to partner
Water Agency is a voluntary, independent, non-profit association that works in the field of nature protection and raising awareness for the importance of water resources . Members of the organisation will protect and represent the interests of water, help maintain water resources and increase people's awareness for the rational treatment of these basic resources . The basic idea of the Water agent program is to restore international co-operation and connection through encouragement and rethinking our everyday actions regarding rational and responsible behavior with water. Activism is developed through the building of relationships with related organizations, schools, local governments and relevant companies and institutions. „Our program and project activities directly relate to several objectives of sustainable development“, says Jože Cvetko, the president of the Water agency. „Initiatives that bring together open-minded people can contribute to major changes in society. The objectives of sustainable development are intertwined with all levels of life. If more people are informed, educated, and engaged in activities, we can be sure that the goals will be achieved. The development plan of the Water agent project includes activities, such as ESDW, and we will try to encourage members of our network of Water agents to be involved as much as possible“.Link to partner