European Commission plans to establish a new platform to monitor how well the Sustainable Development Goals are being met should be much more ambitious, a position paper by SDG Watch Europe said today.

Seventy-two NGOs – including Terre des Hommes – signed the paper which asked the Commission to ensure the new platform was as ambitious as possible, allowing the European Union to lead the way in implementing the SDGs within the current troubling political climate.

Establishing a platform which ensures the SDGs are a central element in all EU policy, communications and financial decision-making would allow the EU to demonstrate the best way of setting up similar platforms to other regions and countries across the world.

In particular, it is important the platform includes a range of different civil society and communications-based organisations, the private sector, trade unions, co-operatives, academia, governments and groups representing those at risk of being left behind.

Organisations should be able to bring the strong links they have to grassroots movements to enrich the work done by the platform, in particular those with links to poor and vulnerable people and communities in the Global South.
It is also important that the platform is gender balanced, that participants can put forward their own representatives rather than them be externally chosen and that members of the platform should work to achieve the SDGs rather than promoting narrower interests.

SDG Watch Europe is a cross-sector alliance of organisations working on development, environmental, human rights, social and other issues. It’s goal is to hold European governments and EU institutions to account in making sure they do everything that can to help the world realise the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

You can read the position paper in full here.