The Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (C228/37) on ‘Listening to the citizens of Europe for a sustainable future (Sibiu and  beyond)’ defined “Sustainable competitiveness” as a model that balances economic prosperity, environmental issues and social inclusiveness. EESC submits that; in this context, the sustainability-adjusted global competitiveness index needs to take into consideration two new dimensions — environmental and social. This definition is based on the work of Sten Thore and Ruzanna Tarverdyan, on "Sustainable competitiveness of nations". Dr. Tarverdyan is Founding President of the Geneva Consensus Foundation Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC since 2016. 
Our goal is to contribute to World Polity and through the international consensus-building process put in place global partnership for sustainable development, ensure policy coherence for development and for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2016 we are also a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. 
The EESC is a unique forum for consultation, dialogue and consensus between representatives from all the different sectors of "organised civil society"; including employers, trade unions and groups such as professional and community associations, youth organisations, women's groups, consumers, environmental campaigners and many more. Set up in 1957; the EESC has always been an integral part of the EU; advising EU decision-makers and ensuring that ordinary people have a say in Europe’s development. It aims to help ensure EU policymaking and legislation is more democratic, more effective and genuinely reflects the needs of EU citizens. The European Parliament, Council and Commission are legally obliged to consult the EESC when passing new laws. The EESC examines the proposals and draws up opinions based on agreement reached between its 350 members from 28 EU Member States. The opinions are debated and adopted by simple majority at EESC plenary sessions, and then sent to the EU lawmakers to contribute to the law-making process by influencing their thinking.
In view of the above the adoption of a new definition by EESC on 20 march 2019, during its Plenary session No 542 with a majority of votes 217/6/8, make a beginning of a paradigm shift  beyond economic towards sustainable
competitiveness, that will still yields its results in the years to come!
You are cordially invited to a Geneva Consensus Breakfast Discussion on 23 February 2020 to share your views and way forward from vision to action on achieving the SDGs!
The participation at the conference is free of charge but given the limited number of seats the registration is obligatory.
The event is hosted at 2nd floor:
La Pastorale
106, Route de Ferney
1202 Genève