The European Commission remains committed to the 2030 Agenda. Under the leadership of President von der Leyen, the Commission has presented an ambitious policy programme to deliver on sustainability in the EU and beyond.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an intrinsic part of the President’s political guidelines and lie at the heart of the policymaking on internal and external action across all sectors. 

Full implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda is crucial to strengthen resilience and prepare the world for future shocks as we embark on the twin green and digital transitions.

The Commission’s holistic approach for sustainability and the SDGs

The Commission has focused on delivering concrete actions that will bring tangible progress in the areas of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The President’s political guidelines and the Commission’s annual work programmes constitute this Commission’s strategy to implement the SDGs.

The President’s political programme integrates the SDGs into all Commission proposals, policies and strategies. All of the 17 SDGs feature in one or more of the six headline ambitions announced in President von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines as depicted in the figure below:

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The Commission’s ‘Whole-of-Government approach’ to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

The new Commission’s comprehensive or “whole of government” approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprises several strands as depicted in the figure:

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Initiatives adopted by the Commission in the first year

The Sustainable Development Goals are an intrinsic part of the political programme of President von der Leyen. Different transformative policies have been presented in the last year such as:

Delivering on the UN’s SDGs