REC organises consultation on UN sustainable development agenda

March 7, 2016

Chart_of_UN_Sustainable_Development_GoalsThe Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is organising the “Regional Consultation on the Implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Central and Eastern Europe”, which will take place on April 11-12, 2016 at the REC Conference Centre in Szentendre, Hungary. Keeping in the spirit of internationally agreed development priorities and in pursuit of the priorities of REC signatories, the two-day regional consultation programme will bring together representatives from government, academia, civil society, business and international organisations from Eastern European EU member states (EU MS) and the Western Balkans (WB).

The REC recognises the significance of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as introduced by the UN General Assembly as a “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity and also recognises the urgency to start working towards the fulfilment of the goals of the 2030 Agenda. Encouraged by the European Commission and its European Political Strategy Centre, the REC, as a neutral and independent international organisation, is pleased to create a platform to bring together multiple stakeholders, to facilitate exchanges, to identify priorities and actions, and to map out pathways for integration in the global sustainable development framework.

By creating meaningful interactions between stakeholders and key international experts in the field of sustainable development, the REC aims to raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda, its goals and targets, and its regional relevance among the participants. The event will initiate dialogue concerning regional implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and move towards amalgamation with existing national and subnational strategies of the participant countries. Drawing from the knowledge of experts and shared experiences of participants, the European Commission will consider the event’s outcomes in its ongoing efforts to establish a framework for EU-wide uptake and implementation of SDGs.

Keynote speakers for the programme include H.E. Csaba Korosi, Office of the President of Hungary, previously Co-Chair of the UN Open Working Group for SDGs; Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Karl-Friedrich Falkenberg, Senior Adviser for Sustainable Development, EPSC, European Commission; Andrzej Kassenberg, Foundation Institute for Sustainable Development; and Laszlo Pinter, Professor at Central European University, Senior Fellow and Associate at International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and Member of the Board of Directors of the REC. Following parallel consultation discussion panels for Eastern EU MS and WB participants, Istvan Joo, Ministerial Commissioner for the Implementation of the Danube Region Strategy from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary and Member of the Board of Directors of the REC, will facilitate in drafting the joint conclusion of the consultation.