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Tuesday 20 December: High Level Policy Summit: HM Queen Mathilde, First Vice-President Timmermans and Vice-President Katainen on "Europe's Response to Sustainability Challenges – Delivering the 2030 Agenda"

The news:

On 20 December the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) together with the European Commission will host a High Level Policy Summit on "Europe's Response to Sustainability Challenges – Delivering the 2030 Agenda ". Under the patronage of First Vice-President Timmermans and Vice-President Katainen, the Summit will gather European and international stakeholders to debate how now to take the 'Next steps for a sustainable European future' decisively.

The background:

The Summit is a follow-up to the European Commission's Communication on the Sustainable Development Goals, presented on 22 November. This Communication lays out how EU policies and the Commission's 10 political priorities contribute to implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also sets out how the EU will meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the future.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the international community in September 2015, represents an ambitious new blueprint to respond to global trends and challenges. The core of the 2030 Agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets, which run to 2030. Along with the other international summits and conferences held in 2015 in Addis Ababa and in Paris, the international community has an ambitious new frame for all countries to work together on shared challenges. For the first time, the Sustainable Development Goals are universally applicable to all countries and the EU is committed to be a frontrunner in implementing them.

The event:

On Tuesday 20 December 2016: The European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) will host a High Level Policy Summit on "Europe's Response to Sustainability Challenges – Delivering on the UN Agenda 2030". In addition to keynote addresses by First Vice-President Timmermans and Vice-President Katainen, HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium, United Nations SDG Advocate, will deliver a special address. All speeches will be live streamed on EBS. For registration please contact EPSC-AGENDA-2030@ec.europa.eu.

The sources:

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development: EU priorities

European Commission 10 Political Priorities

European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC)

AGENDA/16/4386

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