The Role of National Sustainable Development Councils in Europe in Implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

This report suggests fresh thinking and new action in order to foster and expand civil society engagement in implementing sustainability. SDG implementation is clearly a matter of regulation, but regulation alone will not do the trick. We need new forms of governance that resonate with society, the private sector and organised civil society groups. This is true for some time already, and throughout Europe national Councils added good practices and effective policy recommendations. This report presents an overview of the challenges ahead, the importance of engaging stakeholders of all kinds in the process and the contribution and potential of nine national Councils for Sustainable Development in European Member States. It also presents a reflection on gaps and opportunities on the side of the European Union as a whole.

Source: Network coordinator of the EEAC, European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils network