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Global Challenges and SDGs

For more information
on the Global Challenges and SDGs programme, please contact:


Pierre Leturcq

Head of programme


The European Union’s impact on both the global environment and on environmental policy beyond its borders is significant. This influence will likely remain in the years ahead, although its role as a driver of progress is challenged as major economic players and new international political dynamics emerge.

IEEP’s work on Global Challenges and SDGs focuses on the global dimension and external impacts of EU policies, both positive and negative. We support the development of environmental and environment-related policies with global implications as well as feed into relevant international processes and discussions. In particular, we aim to ensure that the EU will deliver on its commitments to the global climate and 2030 SDG agendas, both in terms of its internal and external policies.

Questions we aim to shed some lights on include:

  • How should EU’s role evolve in a changing world? What can Europe offer – and learn – through efforts on global dialogue and diplomacy?
  • How can the EU and its Member States best support the delivery of global commitments, such as the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • How can the EU leverage its trade policy to support sustainable development worldwide?
  • How can its own policies align better to global imperatives?

Green Trade Network

The Global Challenges and SDGs team also coordinates the Green Trade Network. Interested in learning more about the network’s activities? 

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