EU follows up on its commitment to implementation of Sustainable Development Goals at UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

EU Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development, Neven Mimica, will represent the EU and its Member States at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York between 18-20 July. This High-level Political Forum is the central United Nations’ platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level and takes place one year after the 2030 Agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015. The EU has continued to be a leader on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda (including the SDGs), and Commissioner Mimica‘s attendance will send an important signal regarding the EU’s determination and commitment on this issue. Many of the 2030 Agenda’s goals and targets are closely linked to EU policies, the ten priorities of the Commission and the Europe 2020 strategy. This year’s Forum will provide political leadership on the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and follow-up, including through a Ministerial Declaration. It is also meant to foster progress towards the SDGs including through coherent policies that are informed by evidence, science and country experiences. In addition to providing a statement on behalf of the EU and its Member States and participating in various activities around the Forum, the Commissioner will also lead a side-event on “A renewed European development policy in response to the UN 2030 Agenda: revision of the European Consensus on Development “.  The event is part of a series of consultation events designed to inform a forthcoming Commission proposal for a new European Consensus on Development. The open public consultation on the new European Consensus on Development is open until 21 August 2016.