The EU as driver for Sustainability in Europe and beyond – ALDA joins the cause
In April 2017, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker presented a White Paper on the Future of Europe, including 5 possible scenarios for discussion at European and Member State levels. The CSOs’ alliance SDG Watch Europe in collaboration with Friends of the Earth Europe has developed an alternative "Scenario 6: Sustainable Europe for its citizens", which focuses on a more Sustainable and Fairer Europe.
ALDA, together with more than 250 other European Civil Society Organisation, has endorsed this 6th Scenario. The scenario strongly points out the importance of focusing on Europe’s core social values such as democracy and participation, social justice, solidarity and sustainability, respect for the rule of law and human rights, both within Europe and around the globe. Besides, an importance of economic, social and environmental wellbeing was stressed. Particularly, the relevance of achieving a prosperity for all starting with redistribution of wealth, a provision of quality, inclusive and affordable public services, a promotion of cultural diversity and a caring society, a healthy natural environment that sustains all life on Earth and protects our soils, waters and air, provides nutritious, healthy food and where climate change is minimized was also highlighted.
The 6th Scenario focuses also on the opportunities that this new scenario could provide for the future and specifically it states that “By 2025, this means: Delivering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the principles and Sustainable Development Goals: leaving no one behind, living within Europe’s fair share of our planetary boundaries, and putting respect for human rights at the core of EU and national policy-making”. Finally, the Scenario also indicates its impact on policies.