Brussels Daily
25 Sep 2015


Brussels Daily

Commissioner Vella visits Washington

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella is visiting Washington, United States on 28 and 29 September. The visit is an opportunity to reaffirm the EU’s leadership in ocean governance and international fisheries management, especially in the area of combatting illegal fishing. Commissioner Vella will meet with Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and NOAA Administrator Ms Sullivan and co-chair of the Senate Ocean Caucus Senator Whitehouse to discuss ways to improve the sustainable management of ocean resources. In his meetings with Ms McCarthy, Head of the US Environmental Protection Agency and Ms Goldfuss, Managing Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Commissioner Vella will reiterate the EU’s commitment in co-operating with the US on environment policy. The Commissioner will also deliver a keynote speech on “The role of key international players in encouraging the shift to a more resource efficient world” at an event on the State of the Environment organised by the EU, the EPA and the World Resources Institute.

EU welcomes adoption of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development by the United Nations

Today, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be adopted by the United Nations at a special summit. The EU has been a leader in contributing to this process from the start. It is now committed to take this agenda forward, both inside the EU and through the EU’s external policies by supporting implementation efforts in other countries, in particular those most in need. Ahead of the Summit, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development and leading the Commission delegation on behalf of President Juncker, said: “This Agreement is a historic event, and a significant step forward for global action on sustainable development. I am proud to say that from the start, the EU has been strongly committed to reaching an ambitious outcome, with a universal agenda for all countries, rich and poor alike, fully integrating the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability. The result is a landmark achievement uniting the whole world around common goals for a more sustainable future. We are determined to implement the 2030 Agenda which will shape our internal and external policies, ensuring the EU plays its full part”. The 2030 Agenda sets out a global framework to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030, building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000. As the first ever global agreement setting a universal, comprehensive agenda for action, the 2030 Agenda includes an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets, mobilising all countries and stakeholders towards their achievement and affecting domestic policies. A press release, a factsheet on the MDGs and another one on the SDGs are available.

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