We are honoured to announce that we have managed to co-organize, in conjunction with the Chair of International Law of the University of Siena’s Department of Law (DGIUR), a further EULawSD keynote lecture on Thursday 16 November at 15:00 CET.
Prof. Antonio Tanca, former Head of Unit of the Council of the EU, will speak about “The EU Crisis Management Policy: Institutional Aspects and Main Missions and Operations“. The external action of the EU involving crisis management raises important sustainable development issues, such as the EU responsiveness to the humanitarian needs of developing countries, the EU capacity to address climate emergencies and natural disasters, and the EU contribution to the restoration of the rule of law in post-conflict societies. With March 2017’s Rome Declaration, the EU Member States have emphasized the need for the Union to play a more decisive global role in confronting situations of crisis and vulnerability, some of which have a direct bearing on European neighborhood countries or exercise pressure on the EU external borders.
In the context of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted in March 2015 as the first major agreement of the post-2015 development framework of the United Nations, the EU external action on crisis management and disaster risk reduction also constitutes a key instrument for achieving the goals enshrined in the 2030 Agenda. The lecture thus represents a timely and valuable addition to the EULawSD module, and will be open to the public.
On September 28th, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) launched its 2017 Report on “Italy and the Sustainable Development Goals” during a meeting at the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
The Report has three main components. First, it presents an assessment of Italy’s progress in the implementation of the SDGs. Second, it details a list of concrete proposals for the Italian government to consider in the next budget law and in subsequent policy developments. Finally, it proposes an innovative analytical model to forecast possible pathways for sustainable development in Italy based on a series of different policy scenarios to 2030.
With respect to the role of the EU, the 2017 Report argues that after its decisive contribution to the negotiation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the European Union has not moved fast enough to enshrine the SDGs in its own analytical and political processes. ASViS emphasizes that the implementation of the Agenda represents a major opportunity for anchoring the European vision to the challenges of the 21st century, and should be at the center of both the revision of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the political debate around the 2019 European Parliament’s elections. From this perspective, the Parliament and Council’s responses to the European Commission’s Communication on a new European Action for Sustainability signal the need for a change of pace, and accordingly invite the Commission itself to develop a coherent strategy, a clear timeline and a global gap analysis that can support bolder ambitions towards the achievement of the Goals.
During the event, ASviS (a network of over 170 institutions and civil society organizations working to promote the implementation of the SDGs in Italy) also presented the new ASviS open-access database, which includes information on more than 170 SDG indicators and allows for easy data visualization and comparison across different time spans and spatial scales.