The European Commission said the EU will be the first to integrate the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into its policies.
It has set out a strategic approach for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was announced in September last year.
First, it has set a ‘Communication on the next steps for a sustainable European future’ which explains how the EU’s political priorities will contribute to implementing and meeting the targets.
It will integrate the SDGs in the European policy framework and ensure existing and new policies take into account the three pillars of sustainable development: social, environmental and economic.
A second ‘Communication on a new European Consensus on Development’ proposes a shared vision and framework for development and co-operation between the EU and its Member States.
The aim is to increase the credibility, effectiveness and impact of EU development policy, based on shared analysis, common strategies, joint programming, action and improved reporting.
Finally, a third ‘Communication on a renewed partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries’ proposes building blocks for a new, sustainable phase in EU- ACP relations.
EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini said: “In our times we are more interconnected than ever before so investing in people beyond our borders is also an investment for Europe. Today’s proposals have the common aim of strengthening the impact of our cooperation with our partners across the world, whilst promoting sustainability at home and abroad.
“The EU will keep leading an external action that supports peace, democracy and good governance, that reinforces resilience at all levels and promotes shared and sustainable prosperity for all.”