In recent years, and in the face of numerous and interconnected global economic, climate and food crises, the concept of a green economy has been at the centre of policy and academic debates. At the EU level, a number of policy initiatives, including the EU 2020 strategy, the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and the 7th Environment Action Programme, propose measures to put the EU economy on a sustainable trajectory. In response to international and EU commitments, EU member states have also adopted strategies and programmes aimed at contributing to a greener development pathway.
The concepts of green economy and sustainable development received significant attention in the context of the discussions about the post-2015 United Nations development agenda and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015. Building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), whose target date was set for 2015, the SDGs will have a universal scope and will address all three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic and environmental.
Drawing on the results of the NETGREEN project, which aims to advance progress towards a green economy, this conference will include two sessions with expert panels. The first session will deal with national and regional green economy strategies and will highlight best practices. It will also address challenges faced by policy-makers as well as suitable indicators to measure progress. The second session will deal with the post-2015 UN development agenda, focusing on the new and universal SDGs. Challenges and opportunities arising from implementing the SDGs will be discussed, as well as the crucial question of how progress will be measured and monitored.
The conference will include a presentation of the ‘’measuring-progress.eu’’ web tool, which aims to improve the way policy-makers and other stakeholders involved in the policy process can access, understand and use green economy indicators.
The Conference starts at 10:00 with registration & coffee. Lunch will be served between 13:00 and 14:00
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Proceedings of the event
Presentations of the speakers
- About NETGREEN Project – Lucas Porsch
- The New Horizon 2020 work programme – Christian Ballaro
- Green Growth Policy in the Netherlands – Mark Overman
- SDGs for Sweden – SEI – Nina Weitz
- Songs of Innocence and Experience? – Janos Zlinszky
- Implementation of the SDGs in the Czech Republic – Anna Karnikova
- The Environmental Performance Index and the SDGs – Alisa Zomer
- The Green Economy Progress Index – Gisele Mueller
- UN SDGs and implications at EU and international level – Cristiana Pasca-Palmer
- UN SDGs and implications at EU and international level – Luc Bas