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A look at the history of the ESDN reveals that annual conferences have played a prominent role in facilitating networking between European SD practitioners and policy advisors. This section of the website provides a one-stop-shop documentation of all ESDN Conferences so far. Please click on one of the conferences for more details:

ESDN Conference 2017, “Strategic Governance for SD: New developments and approaches in the context of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs”, Prague (Czech Republic), 22-23 June 2017

The ESDN Conference 2017 will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on 22-23 June 2017. The conference will be organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Department of Sustainable Development. The conference will be a 1.5-day event (22 June full day, 23 June until lunch time) and will bring together policymakers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe.

The ESDN Conference 2017 is entitled “Strategic Governance for SD: New developments and approaches in the context of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs”. Given the ambitious targets set out in the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, new governance models and concepts may prove necessary in the Agenda’s implementation and the realization of the SDGs. The conference will, therefore, provide an excellent chance to learn about new governance methods and concepts, which will be coupled with different examples from European countries. Additionally, in-depth discussions and hands-on activities will be introduced to put these new governance theories into practice.

The conference will be comprised of three sessions, each with two parts:

  • Session 1: Practical Steps Towards Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development
    • Part 1: Conceptual Framework for Policy Coherence
    • Part 2: The Reality of Policy Coherence for the SDGs at the National Level
  • Session 2: Good Governance – New Public Management, Systems Thinking and Knowledge Brokerage
    • Part 1: Theories and Examples
    • Part 2: Concrete Challenges and Paradigm Shifts
  • Session 3: Strategic Foresight – From Vision Building to Policy-making
    • Part 1: The Conundrum of Policy Planning for the Future
    • Part 2: Learning the Methods and their Policy Link



Close current view

Bern 2016: Vertical integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD: Addressing the role of sub-national and local levels

Luxembourg 2015: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the EU and national level: Designing effective governance architectures and strategic frameworks

Rome 2014: A renewed policy framework for sustainable development - The international SD agenda and its impact on Europe

Vienna 2013: Vienna+10: National Sustainable Development Strategies in Europe – Taking stock, new developments and future challenges

Copenhagen 2012: Rio+20 and its implications for Sustainable Development Policy at the EU and national level

Szentendre 2011: Framing and Focussing: European Resource Policies in the Context of Sustainable Development

Ghent 2010: Towards an Economy compatible with Sustainable Development Principles

Prague 2009: Options and Opportunities for the future EU Sustainable Development Strategy

Paris 2008: Coordinating SCP and CSR policies with Sustainable Development Strategies

Berlin 2007: European Sustainability Berlin 2007

Salzburg 2006: Sustainable Development goes Mozart

Windsor 2005: EU sustainable development networking event

Kinsale 2004: Comhar Conference

Vienna 2003: Sustainable Development in an enlarged Union

The Hague 2002: National Strategies for Sustainable Development: “Facts, Faces and Future Challenges”


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