Working Groups

Rio plus twenty

The EEB Working Group “Rio plus twenty” works on the implications of the UN-agreement called “The Future we want”, agreed at the Rio+20 conference. This includes for example follow up and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The working group follows the SDG procedures on the global level and the implementation of the SDGs in Europe. The SDGs will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from 1 January 2016 onwards – but they are very different by nature: while the UN had targets for developing countries on development, funded by the developed countries, this time it has targets on Sustainable Development to be achieved in all countries. So while the MDG agenda remained in the policy spheres of development cooperation, the SDGs break out of this narrow scope and put more emphasis on human rights, equality, environmental justice, ecosystems and changing lifestyles in the global North.


Few people realise that out of 17 SDGs, 14 are directly or indirectly related to the environment. The environmental movement, however, has a lot to do when it comes to the implementation. The SDGs give the environmental movement a great opportunity to start using the goals and targets as a leverage point to implement environmental policies, from sustainable consumption and production to support the small scale biological farming. Every country should not implement 1 or 2 goals but all 17 of them. EEB members are briefed about how they can use these global targets to put pressure on the European Commission and their national governments.


The EEB Working Group on Rio plus twenty is coordinated by Director of Global Policies and Sustainability Leida Rijnhout.