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Commission Staff Working Document: Key European action supporting the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals - SWD(2016) 390 final

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This Staff Working Document of the European Commission gives an overview of key existing European initiatives related to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It summarises for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) what the main actions are that the European Union is undertaking in terms of both domestically oriented and external actions. This document accompanies the Commission Communication: Next steps for a sustainable European future - European action for sustainability.


The document makes clear that the EU priorities, policies, funds and other actions cover all SDGs and provide a significant contribution to their implementation, both within the EU and through EU external action. They put the European Union on the right track to achieve a sustainable European future. Continued efforts and mainstreaming of the S in new policy initiatives will be needed to achieve the SDGs, which are often demanding and have a long-term horizon.


The document states that a sustainable future in the European Union can only be realised if all work together - the Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Member States, businesses, civil society organisations and citizens. EU action is to be coordinated also with our external partners bilaterally and at global level, especially to achieve further progress in developing countries, where many challenges to meet the Sustainable Development Goals are persisting.



To download the document, please visit the relevant European Commission webpage at the link below.