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Engagement of civil society, private sector and other stakeholders

Civil society, private sector and other stakeholders engagement is one of the key strands of the “whole of government approach” to implementing the SDGs by the Commission. Both are an important part for a holistic strategy towards reaching the goals of the 2030 Agenda.

The Commission consults systematically during the preparation of new major initiatives including the evaluation of existing policies. The Commission has launched 245 web-based public consultations since the von der Leyen Commission took office on 1 December 2019.

However, the role and value of stakeholder consultation goes much wider. Stakeholder acceptance of new policies and their commitment to implement them correctly are more likely if those most affected have been involved in an open and transparent process where their views and data have been considered seriously.

Partnerships are an integral part of the SDGs and remain essential for maintaining progress over time.

The European Climate Pact – The EU’s commitment to sustainable development

The European Climate Pact, a new non-legislative initiative to bring together different stakeholders with the aim to commit them to action for our climate, environment and sustainability. The initiative aims to inform, inspire and foster cooperation between people and organisations.

The Commission will continue to engage in a meaningful way with stakeholders in different policy areas in order to design policies that are key to the SDGs’ delivery.

The Conference on the Future of Europe

The Conference on the Future of Europe that represents the major pan-European democratic exercise will be a new public forum for an open, inclusive, transparent and structured debate with citizens around a number of key priorities and challenges, including the implementation of the SDGs. It aims to bring Europe beyond its capital cities, reaching every corner of the EU, strengthening the link between Europeans and the institutions that serve them.

Multi-stakeholder platform on SDGs

The high-level multi-stakeholder platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The mandate of the Multi-stakeholder platform on SDGs ended on 31st December 2019.