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The role of the SDGs in the crisis recovery  

​​​​​​The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is organising, together with CEMR, EUROCITIES, Regions4 and Platforma, a wor​​kshop on SDGs during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

You will be able to participate on line (via the INTERACTIO platform)​.

Interpretation will be available to and from English, German and Spanish.

To register for ON-LINE participation,  ​please click here.

In 2015, countries from across the world committed to implement the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The 2030 Agenda should create a better future for all and leave no one behind. It should act on all fronts be it on health, employment, equality, environment, economic development or democracy.

While the world needs to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate urgency remains, the achievement of the SDGs stays all the more topical. SDGs and recovery are linked; the current global health crisis reveals systemic interlinkages between all dimensions of sustainable development. It also reinforces the need for accelerating progress in the transformation pathways that are required by the 2030 Agenda. Therefore, scaling up commitment and action on SDGs implementation will ensure that the recovery is inclusive and sustainable while contributing to resilient societies, both in Europe and beyond.

The United Nations and other international organisations such as the OECD recognise the importance of the SDGs in the recovery. Cities and regions themselves continue to implement the SDGs at regional and local level to fight the negative effects of Covid-19 and the lockdown.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that we cannot tackle new challenges with answers of the past. The recovery needs to ensure that we build back better. We need to win back the momentum of the SDGs and to give priority to cross-sectoral action, in strong alignment with the EU Green Deal, the Digital Strategy, and the European Pillar of Social Rights.  

This event will show how cities and regions implement SDGs in a post-pandemic Europe and beyond, and call the EU not to delay their implementation.


  • Highlight the link between SDGs, the recovery, and the creation of resilient societies
  • Show how regions and cities work together to "localise" SDGs
  • Call on the EU not to lose the momentum on SDGs and recognise the leading role of local and regional governments to achieve the 2030 Agenda


Welcome: Keeping the objective of 2030 in the EU

Keynote speech: Estelle Göger, member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, responsible for Economy

Cities and regions panel: Building back better with the SDGs

  • Muhterem Aras, President of the Baden-Württemberg Parliament, Germany, Member of the European Committee of the Regions (Greens)
  • Alfons Röblom​, Minister of Development of Aland Islands, Finland, Member of Regions4​
  • Miquel Rodríguez, Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Barcelona City Council, Spain, and Member of EUROCITIES​
  • Mindaugas Sinkevičius​, Mayor of Jonava municipality, President of the Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania, Platforma, Member of the Committee of the Regions (PES)​
  • Tine Soens, Councilor of Kortrijk, Belgium, Member of the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) political commission on international affairs, PLATFORMA and CEMR Spokesperson for the 2030 Agenda
Conclusion and take-away messages 


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Contact Person: Audrey Parizel
Organizer: European Committee of the Regions, ECON Commission
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