The Directorate General for the Environment of the European Commission will hold a high level conference on Sustainable Tourism in addition to the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards on 8 May 2017 in Malta. According to the United Nations, 2017 has been adopted as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The goal is to create a more sustainable tourism industry, and the conference provides an outlet for professionals to discuss how to do this.

A European Environment Agency (EEA) report has been published that contains examples of the different transitions needed in terms of technology, urban planning and societal behaviour to make transport more sustainable. The EEA report ‘TERM 2016: Transitions towards a more sustainable mobility system assesses the progress that Member States are making to improve the environmental performance of transport in line with related EU policy targets.

The 193 member states of the United Nations have agreed on a new Sustainable Development Agenda in New York in early August. The goals will be formally ratified in September and enter into force on 1 January 2016. They will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were ratified in 2000 and will run out at the end of the year.