SDGs letter to Vice-President Timmermans
The European Commission published a Communication on November 2016 about its intention to establish a Multi-Stakeholder Platform as part of its overall implementation of the SDGs.
SDG Watch Europe, as a broad cross-sectoral civil society alliance including the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), welcomed this announcement and proposed a forum. It would amount to the operationalisation of the Agenda 2030's commitment to a multi-stakeholder approach as a key means of implementation. The forum should involve key stakeholders including civil society, the private sector, academia, and others. For this reason, SDG Watch Europe consulted with its members and subsequently sent a letter to the First Vice President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans. The letter sets out the priorities of the alliance in relation to any multi-stakeholder platform that is to be established as part of the overall implementation of the SDGs by the EU.