Europae — The European Sustainability Alliance
How could a progressive European political party look like, if we would use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to create its political party program? With our research project we aim to explore the design of a new EU political party as well as to promote the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition to natural resources, we also need social and economic resources.
Sustainable development means more than seeking a compromise between the natural environment and the pursuit of economic growth. It means a definition of development which recognizes that the limits of sustainability have structural as well as natural origins.
In the 21st century, a movement that identifies as progressive is “a social or political movement that aims to represent the interests of ordinary people through political change and the support of government actions”.
Our 2019 street survey in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, showed only 45 of 300 Dutch citizens knew about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a huge gap between the UN/Govs and citizens. This needs improvement.