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Launch of the 2020 Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR) by SDSN & IEEP

On 8 December 2020, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)  launched the 2020 Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR). was . After the well-received first edition last year, this year’s report sheds a light on the challenges for the EU and international cooperation towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement and the EU Green Deal against the background of the COVID-19-pandemic and its socio-economic impact.

At the same time, the SDGs are now more important than ever as they provide the sound and promising framework to guide the European response to the crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Next Generation EU recovery package as well as the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027) offer the chance to put Europe’s recovery and future on a sustainable path.

The 2020 ESDR with the SDG Index & Dashboards provide an overview for the EU and member states and gives recommendations to strengthen the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the EU Green Deal in Europe and beyond.

The virtual launch event with almost 200 participants was moderated by Conny Czymoch with opening remarks by Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (Parliamentary State Secretary; German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety) and Dr. Maria Flachsbarth (Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation)

Guillaume Lafortune (Director, SDSN Paris) and Eloise Bodin (Policy Analyst, IEEP) presented the results of the 2020 ESDR, followed by the panel discussion with inputs by Heidi Hautala (Member and Vice-President of the European Parliament), Ester Asin (Director, WWF European Policy Office), Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) & Co-Chair, SDSN Germany) and Peter Schmidt (President, Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, EESC) and closing remarks by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (President, SDSN).

Press release

2020 ESDR (incl. interactive maps, EU & country profiles, data explorer:

Contact: Janina Sturm, SDSN Germany