In May 2020, SDSN Germany and the „Netzwerk Weitblick“ (network to inform media professionals about sustainability related issues) organised a joint press briefing with more than 60 participants from journalism, academia, business and civil society to discuss perceptions and expectations regarding the stimulus package of the EU with a view on sustainable development and climate change.
Prof. Dr. Christian Calliess (German Advisory Council on the Environment), Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), Kristina Jeromin (Sustainable Finance Committee), Helena Marschall (Fridays for Future), Klaus Milke (Germanwatch), Sabine Nallinger (Foundation 2°) und Prof. Dr. Ulrich Volz (SOAS University of London & German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)) contributed inputs from their perspectives.
The press briefing was organised against the background of the announcement of the EU Recovery Fund that is supposed to lift the EU economy out of the recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Co-Chair, SDSN Germany and Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)) explained in her introductory remarks.
Over the last weeks, recommendations have been developed from academia, business and civil society how to shape this recovery in a way that it can also support the transformation towards a more sustainable, resilient and just future.
The priorities of the stimulus package and the so-called Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU will be decisive whether and to what extent the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as climate neutrality until 2050 can be reached in the EU and worldwide. It is thus of critical importance how and whether the planned measures can support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the European Green Deal.