The presidents and secretaries-general of the National Economic and Social Councils of the EU (NESC) and the president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) met in Rome on 13 and 14 June 2019.
Tomorrow, the 13th edition of the European Development Days (EDD), the leading global forum on development cooperation, kicks off in Brussels. The two day event will host more than 8,000 participants from 140 countries worldwide, representing 1,200 organisations from the development community, including Heads of State or Government, leading experts, key influencers and young leaders.
This year’s European Development Days theme is ‘Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind‘. It will debate successes and failures in addressing inequalities in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the implementation of the SDGs.
This infopoint will showcase the ‘Agenda 2030 Compass’ a ‘thinking navigator’ created by the partnership of the Swedish steel industry with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) to support businesses and governments in developing a transformative agenda for societal value (a value that embraces planet’s sustainability) using SDG-based metrics.
The approval of the EU human rights guidelines on safe drinking water and sanitation is one of many steps that the EU is taking to realise its commitment to ensure the progressive realisation of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation for all, as well as its commitment to the human rights defenders fighting for these rights.
From 12 to 14 June 2019, the European Commission, under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, hosted the 12th EU’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) Conference.
The President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) speaking before Europe’s Social and Economic Councils in Rome on 13 June called on the new European Parliament and the future Commission to exert a firm and decisive political leadership to enable Europe to become world champion of sustainable development.
On 15 and 16 June, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella will attend the G20 Energy and Environment Ministerial meeting, which takes place in Karuizawa, Japan.
A new climate ranking shows that EU governments’ plans to cut pollution from transport, Europe’s biggest emitter, will fail to meet their own 2030 emissions targets. Only the top 3, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain, scored above 50% in the ranking of draft national energy and climate plans compiled by Transport & Environment (T&E). Europe’s largest economy, Germany, is 15th, setting itself up to pay billions of euro to other countries for missing the EU’s 2030 emissions goals. All countries need to implement far more effective policies to reduce transport emissions than have been proposed to date.
A draft implementing act establishing rules for adjusting the free allocation due to activity level changes during phase 4 of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), from 2021 until 2030, has been published on the Better Regulation portal for a four‑week stakeholder feedback period. This will be open until 9 July 2019.
Dr Kandeh Yumkella, a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General, will become an advisor to the International Energy Agency on Africa and energy access issues at a time when the IEA is significantly expanding its engagement in the region.