S&Ds on progressive sustainable development: from vision to action

Progressive sustainable development book launch with Gianni Pittella, Ernst Stetter, Conny Reuter and colleagues holding banners of the SDGs

Today, the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament, FEPS and SOLIDAR gathered together to discuss the question: “The2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: how can the EU contribute?” This took place on the occasion of the launch of a new book entitled Progressive lab for sustainable development: from vision to action, which is the result of a joint initiative between the three organisations. The project featured the active participation of young researchers, experts and policy-makers, aiming at offering concrete proposals about the kind of steps the EU can take to move towards a more progressive sustainable development model. The debate revolved around two themes covered by different authors in the book. The first panel discussed the role of the EU when it comes to shaping an alternative economic model for development. The second panel looked into access to quality education and the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs). 

S&D Group president Gianni Pittella said: 

"In a global climate of protectionism and building walls, it is more important than ever that developing and developed countries work across borders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for a world where no-one is left behind. We need to speak with a loud progressive voice. It is time for the EU to take a leading global role in transforming the positive rhetoric into action.

Education holds the key for lasting economic and social change. We need to invest in education to offer hope and opportunities for the future." 

Ernst Stetter, FEPS secretary general said: 

"Building upon the success that was the adoption of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the need for a progressive direction in how this Agenda is financed and implemented is of increasing importance. This publication, which is the outcome of a joint initiative between the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, SOLIDAR and the S&D Group, offers valuable insights as to how this can be done. Crucially, it analyses how EU policies could contribute to reducing inequalities and mobilising domestic resources within this framework, so that this common global vision of the SDGs can be become an actionable reality." 

Conny Reuter, SOLIDAR secretary general said: 

"Poverty, inequality and environmental destruction have become persistent global challenges, calling for transformative changes and actions worldwide. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development follows this spirit. With its universal nature, this agenda is not only meant for developing countries but also for Europe. The EU will need to integrate it in its external and domestic policies to ensure a real move towards a sustainable world. Within Europe, the European Pillar of Social Rights can be a good step towards social progress and upward social convergence in line with the 2030 agenda."