SDGs as a compass for pathways to sustainability, and framework for cooperation of Civil Society Organisations

Agenda 2030 and its SDGs are not just another global agreement – it’s historical in the sense that it is for the first time a universal agenda. This means they apply to all countries and need to be translated to the national contexts. Each country has a different starting point and different pathway, but all countries have the common goal of sustainability. The SDGs were adopted at a historical window of opportunity, and during the keynote, Dr Ingeborg Niestroy wants to show us this treasure: what makes the SDGs special and how to make them useful and a “north star” for our work. During this session, you will get a brief overview of the policy development at the different levels, which aspects are crucial for the implementation of the SDGs, and how 17 goals can help with the bridging silos since they emphasise the interlinkages between issues and thus point to the need of finding synergies. Another key governance aspect of Agenda 2030 is participation, activation and the critical role of civil society and its organisations – and therefore, the framing of this conference cannot be praised enough! That’s why you will get to know the SDG Watch Europe organisation’s experience and the project Make Europe Sustainable for All, which enabled the establishment of SDGs coalitions in several countries and collaboration between them and at the European Union level.