Stimulating informed debate – Sustainable Development Councils in EU Member States. A compilation of tasks, capacities, and best practice

Sustainable Development Councils (SDCs) cumulate and widen the functions of individual organisations of civil society. Through their link to a wide range of political actors and leadership in sustainability, and the expertise combined in the council, they build up additional weight to the political sounding and creativity provided by civil society organisations (CSOs). The Brundtland Commission and subsequently Agenda 21 have promoted to establish SD councils, both however more with the concept of a formal representation than with the aspiration of nowadays SDCs to fostering dialogue among stakeholders, and between stakeholders and government, as well as monitoring progress and encouraging initiatives and innovation for SD.
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