EEAC conference 2017 - Towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizens-science-policy interface


European diplomacy, science-based policy advice and political commitment made the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and also the Paris Agreement possible. In implementing the 2030 Agenda, besides maintaining an evidence-based approach, greater legitimacy of other types of knowledge needs to be ensured. To this end, the interface between science, policy and society needs rethinking. This was concluded at the 25th Annual Conference of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) on 12 October 2017 in Maastricht, The Netherlands.


The conference generated a discussion between participants from the various EU member states: chairpersons of member advisory councils, council members, policy-makers and opinion leaders.

Youth representatives of the councils occupied a central position in the programme. They pitched their joint vision of ‘A Sustainable Europe in 2030’ and participated in the debates.

The programme comprised three subjects:

  1. Obstacles and challenges on the road towards a Sustainable Europe
  2. The present political and social climate and the effects on the implementation of the new sustainability goals – the 2030 Agenda
  3. The changing citizens–science–policy interface


The conference is an initiative of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC). The Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) is organising this EEAC conference in association with the Environmental and Nature Council of Flanders (MINA), the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO-CFDD), and the Luxembourg National Council for Sustainable Development (CSDD).

Photos and videos

Aftermovie EEAC conference 2017 

Foto impresssion 

Pitch Youth delegates

Interviews with five participants

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