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ICTA-UAB researcher Ángela Delgado, Youth Representative at the EEAC Annual Conference

Date: 2017-10-16

EEAC Annual Conference

ICTA-UAB researcher Ángela Delgado was one of the Youth Representatives for the region of Catalonia in the 25th EEAC Annual Conference held on 12 October 2017 in Maastricht, the Netherlands, entitle “Towards the 2030 Agenda and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizens–science–policy interface”.

Along with two other students, Andrea Davila Brindley and Lluís Godó, Ángela Delgado was invited to attend a dedicated pre-youth conference on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. During the day they discussed about the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the present political and social context.

On 12 October 2017, they pitched their joint vision of ‘A Sustainable Europe in 2030’, and participated in the debates. Catalonian Youth Representatives presented the essay “Proposals from Catalonia for a Sustainable Europe: The 2030 Agenda and beyond”. As the region’s Youth Representatives, they wrote an essay describing Catalonia’s priorities for the 25 years ahead. These are gender equality, climate action and resource management in cities.
The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) is a network of advisory bodies established by national or regional governments. EEAC members offer independent advice to their respective national or regional governments and parliaments related to the environment and sustainable development (EEAC).
The EEAC network is challenged by the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the present political and societal atmosphere, and the changing interface between science, policy and society. Citizens are claiming their voice, and are no longer taking established facts and institutions for granted. They need renewed inspiration for European cooperation that goes beyond borders, silos and institutional barriers. The 25th EEAC Annual Conference was dedicated to these needs.

The annual conference offered a space to discuss the most pressing issues for governments concerning the implementation of sustainability policies and the environment. The conference provided attendees a stimulating environment for knowledge-sharing through keynote speeches by internationally recognized experts and politicians, as well as round-table interactions. These round tables were led by prominent EEAC members, and each addressed a specific policy domain related to sustainable development and/or the environment.

Attendees had ample time to identify and discuss the challenges we face in implementing environmental and sustainable development policies today and in the 25 years to come, discuss how the tasks ahead are affected by the current political and societal atmosphere and its consequences for the implementation of environmental and sustainable development policies. Also, they participated in rich discussions on the effects that the changing science-policy-society interface will have on the handling of strategic environmental and sustainability issues.

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