12 June 2018
European NGOs Launch Campaign to Drive Progress on SDG 10
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European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and 24 other European NGOs launched a campaign titled 'Fight Inequality'.

It that warns that without action on SDG 10, the world will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The NGOs launched the campaign at the 12th edition of the European Development Days.

6 June 2018: At the 12th edition of the European Development Days (EDD), 25 organizations from 15 EU countries launched a campaign to raise awareness of the need for action on SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) in order for the world to achieve the SDGs. Over the next three years, the ‘Fight Inequalities’ campaign plans to integrate gender, climate and migration issues into focused campaigns on equality, sustainable farming and changing consumption and production patterns.

The campaign calls for policies and laws to make the SDGs a reality, emphasizing that “for a peaceful world, we need an equal world.” In a video, the campaign explains that inequality goes beyond wealth inequality to encompass the denial of social protections and opportunities for the most vulnerable, and to ensure equal access to health and education. The campaign calls for actions such as tackling gender inequality and discrimination, and addressing the unequal impact of climate change and environmental destruction on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.

Patrizia Heidegger, European Environmental Bureau (EEB), underscored the importance of policies and laws that aim to make societies more inclusive for everyone. She stressed, “if political leaders don’t tackle the inequalities that arise as a result of the huge environmental and social injustices facing our world then the SDGs will be meaningless.”

The campaign is part of the ‘Make Europe Sustainable for All’ project, which is funded by the European Commission’s (EC) Development education and awareness raising program that aims to promote implementation of the SDGs by and in the EU. The project brings together NGOs that work on protecting the environment, tackling climate change, defending the rights of women and young people, supporting fair trade and workers’ rights and addressing other social issues.

The EDD, which convened from 5-6 June 2018, in Brussels, Belgium, focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment in achieving the SDGs. [EEB press release] [Campaign website] [SDG Knowledge Hub story on EDD 2018]

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