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ESDN Quarterly Report July 2017

The Role of European Parliaments in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

by Eric Mulholland

This Quarterly Report will primarily focus on the role of European national parliaments in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but will also briefly include the European Parliament and the European Commission, as they also play a role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in Europe. This Report will seek to determine what actions parliaments and parliamentarians are taking in order to deal with this ambitious agenda and the highly integrated and interrelated nature of the SDGs.

Firstly, this Report will look at the UN level and to the 2030 Agenda document regarding how it sees the role of national parliaments when it comes to implementation and the SDGs. This section will also include the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which works closely with the UN and is made up of parliamentarians from around the world. The IPU has worked with the SDGs and published a report on how parliamentarians can, and should, become involved with the SDGs. This will be covered in more detail in Chapter 1.

Chapter 2 of this Report will then centre on the European Union level and focus on how the European Parliament and the European Commission are dealing with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. As the two bodies work very closely with one another, it is very important to see how both institutions are addressing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

Chapter 3 of this Report will take a closer look at what European national parliaments are doing regarding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. A comprehensive table will, therefore, be developed, that documents how national parliaments are involved in the implementation process. Country specific information has been compiled from a survey that was sent out to the National Focal Points (NFPs) of the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN), where NFPs were asked about their national parliament’s involvement in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. In order to receive the relevant information from the ESDN’s NFPs, a survey was made and distributed to the NFPs. Based on the information that the NFPs provided, a more in-depth analysis of a few case examples will be chosen to elaborate upon. In addition to the information provided by the NFPs, the same survey was sent to a group of parliamentarians from national parliaments around Europe. The answers from these parliamentarians will also be included in the analysis of European national parliaments.

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