Last week, on 24 June, the online conference ‘Localising Agenda 2030: how regions can help meet the SDGs’ took place from 14:30 until 16:00 pm. This event, the first of a series of events focusing on SDGs leading up to our final conference taking place in Strasbourg in June 2021, aimed to emphasise the importance of local actions in achieving the Sustainable Development … [Read more...]
Impact of COVID-19 on regional economies & jobs: Meeting with Commissioner Schmit.
On Wednesday 13 May, AER’s president, Magnus Berntsson and Vice-President for Employment and Skills, Alessandra Zedda met online with Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs & Social Rights. Magnus Berntsson presented AER’s work and its existing programmes supporting its members in promoting job creation, equal opportunities and inclusion. AER is keeping itself busy … [Read more...]
Agenda 2030: Now More Than Ever
The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN in 2015 has always been of great importance. From Poverty to Education through Health and Climate Action, and many more areas, the SDGs offer a broad range of activities needed to improve societal and environmental issues. However, recently, life has taken an unusual turn and the achievement of the SDG … [Read more...]
Roadmap For Recovery: Paving the way towards a more resilient, sustainable and fair Europe after COVID-19.
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a catastrophic crisis with dramatic effects on our society. The European Union had to come up with a strong response reflecting determination, unity and solidarity; the roadmap for recovery. The roadmap for recovery is the result of the collaboration of the European Council, the Commission and the European Central Bank. It aims to … [Read more...]
Coronavirus Global Response: 7.4 billion Euros raised for universal access to vaccines
On 4 May 2020, the Commission registered 7.4 billion Euros in donations worldwide, including a 1.4 billion Euros pledge from the European Commission. This is very close to the initial target of 7.billion Euros and is a solid basis for the start of the worldwide pledging marathon which started 6 May 2020. The aim of this donation collection is to accelerate and develop the … [Read more...]
Coronavirus: Digitalisation and Contact Tracing to Lift the Confinement Measures
In response to the global health crisis due to coronavirus, EU Member States, with the support of the European Commission have developed an EU toolbox for the use of mobile applications for contact tracing and warning. This toolbox was created in advance of the lifting of the confinement measures in order to act with a common coordinated approach across the EU. The … [Read more...]
“Learning from Lockdown: Opportunity to reflect on climate change”
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is having an impact not only on health systems, global travel and work patterns, but also on our environment. This week it was announced that the COP26 climate summit, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, due to take place in Glasgow in November 2020, would need to be postponed until 2021. Holding an inclusive and ambitious COP this coming … [Read more...]
Quality Education – Why It Matters?
This article was first published on Regions2030.com It is no secret for anyone, education is the key to freedom and success. Basic education, which ranges from early childhood education to primary and secondary education, paves the way for a child’s future life. Indeed, people with a low(er) level of education are more likely to live in poverty as there is a greater … [Read more...]