LOCAL.SOCIAL.SUSTAINABLE. How can the European Union help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

LOCAL.SOCIAL.SUSTAINABLE. How can the European Union help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

Brussels
Wednesday 09.10.2019
European Week of Regions and Cities Workshop
14.30 - 17.00
European Committee of the Regions Rue Belliard 99 1040 Brussels
from: EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, EL
to: EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, EL
Sustainable Development Goals

Cities and regions are confronted every day with the task of making sustainable development a reality that works for all citizens. As the climate crisis and rising social inequalities pose serious challenges to Europeʼs future, local and regional authorities have become new drivers of change.

With their innovative solutions and concrete policies, local and regional governments strive to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, as no less than 65% of the targets depend on them. From ending poverty to quality education, from reducing inequalities to zero hunger, from fighting the climate crisis to building more sustainable communities, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the right compass to build a society that leaves no people and no places behind.

A just transition towards a sustainable Europe is urgent and necessary, but it will not be possible without a rethinking of the European Union policies in an ambitious and comprehensive way. In particular, cohesion policy, which is the EUʼs best investment tool for territories, has the potential to become the cornerstone of sustainable development policies, by supporting cities and regions in their actions and empowering citizens in this transformation.

This workshop will present inspiring local stories of sustainable development and discuss the idea of a progressive Green New Deal to help cities and regions achieve a sustainable future.

It is organised by the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions, with the cooperation of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament and its Progressive Society initiative.

 

Photo credit: Unsplash / Karsten Wuerth

14.30 – 14.35

Introduction

by the moderator Beatriz Ríos, Reporter and broadcast journalist, Euractiv 

 

14.35 – 15.35

Panel debate 1: Local stories of building sustainable communities

Maria Kakali, Mayor of Agios Efstratios (Greece) 

Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon and Member of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions (Portugal)

Elena Piastra, Mayor of Settimo Torinese (Italy)

 

15.35 – 15.45

Keynote Speech

Paul Magnette, Mayor of Charleroi (Belgium)

15.45 – 16.50

Panel debate 2: Towards a progressive Green New Deal

Liina Carr, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation

Dr Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim and Member of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions (Germany)

Pierre Larrouturou, Member of the European Parliament (France)

16.50 – 17.00

Conclusions

President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions

Iratxe García Pérez, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament (tbc)

17.00 – 17.30

Networking event and drink

In front of the meeting room  

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