S&Ds call for a radical shift for Europe along the UN 2030 Agenda

UN logo and sustainable development goals

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda, S&D Group president Udo Bullmann stresses the urgent need for a change in European policies towards sustainability: 

“On the third anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, we regret to see that Europe has not yet embarked on a sustainable path. Saying that progress has not been enough is just a polite euphemism. The UN 2030 Agenda has neither been consistently translated into national and European policies, nor does it play a prominent role in public debates. Hiding the urgency to achieve sustainable development, and wasting energy to run after the populists’ agenda, is at the expense of our future.

“This indifference has to stop. We join the call of the NGOs for a sustainable Europe highlighting that we do not only pledge SDGs with words, but also with facts.  Beyond window-dressing rhetoric used by other political groups and some private companies, the S&D Group has already elaborated and put forward concrete proposals to put Europe on a sustainable track, such as the child guarantee, the just transition fund and a new coordination of economic policies in view of innovation, social inclusion and respect for the planet.

“Regarding securing peace and prosperity for all, the UN 2030 Agenda can represent today the new ‘raison d’être’ of the European integration to move towards a new model of development for the many. It is our mission to bring together cities and regions, trade unions and enterprises, NGOs and academics and most importantly the citizens of Europe around this common goal.”