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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 took place in Prague (Czech Republic) on 22-23 June 2017, in cooperation with the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic (Department of Sustainable Development). The conference was a 1.5 days event and brought together policy-makers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe. A total of 75 participants from 24 countries took part in the conference.

The ESDN Conference 2017 was entitled “Strategic Governance for SD: New developments and approaches in the context of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs”. The conference provided an excellent chance to learn about new governance approaches and concepts required to address and implement the 2030 Agenda for SD and the SDGs, and was coupled with different examples from European countries. Additionally, in-depth discussions and hands-on activities were introduced to help put these new governance approaches into practice.

The conference comprised three sessions, each being comprised of 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

Programme & Proceedings

Keynote presentations

Session 1: Practical Steps Towards Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development

Part 1: Conceptual Framework for Policy Coherence

Ebba Dohlman(Senior Advisor, Policy Coherence for Development, OECD):
PDFBetter Policies for Sustainable Development: OECD’s New Framework for Policy Coherence

Part 2: The Reality of Policy Coherence for the SDGs at the National Level

Anna Kárníková (Director of the Department of Sustainable Development, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic):
PDFIntroduction: The Reality of Policy Coherence for the SDGs at the National Level

Annika Lindblom (Ministry of the Environment, Finland):
PDFFinland: achieving Equality and Carbon-neutrality

Herbert Kristoffersen (Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Norway):
PDFNorway: Norway’s work on fulfilling the SDGs

László Borbély (State Counsellor to the Prime Minister’s Office of the Romanian Government):
PDFRomania: Sectoral Topic and Building Institutional Frameworks to Support the SDGs in East Central Europe

Session 2: Good Governance – From New Public Management to Systems Thinking and Knowledge Brokerage

Part 1: Paradigm Shifts and New Approaches in Governance

Vladimír Kváča (Chair of EU Public Administration and Governance Network, Czech Republic):
PDFParadigm Shifts in Public Governance and Strategic Management

Anna Kárníková (Director of the Department of Sustainable Development, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic):
PDFNew Approaches to Governance: Developing a National Policy Strategy for SD

Part 2: Knowledge Brokerage for SD

André Martinuzzi (Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business & ESDN Office):
PDFKnowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development

Session 3: Strategic Foresight – From Vision Building to Policy-making

Part 1: The Conundrum of Policy Planning for the Future

Michal Pazour (Head of Strategy Studies Unit, Technology Centre of Czech Academy of Sciences):
PDFStrategic Foresight for Policy Planning

Anita Pirc-Velkavrh (Department of Foresight and Sustainable Development, European Environment Agency (EEA):
PDFForesight for Sustainable Development: Experiences of the EEA

Part 2: Learning the Methods and their Policy Link

Anita Pirc-Velkavrh (Department of Foresight and Sustainable Development, European Environment Agency (EEA):
PDFFORESIGHT AND SCENARIO DEVELOPMENT

Ondřej Valenta (Technology Centre of Czech Academy of Sciences):
PDFROADMAPPING

Miroslav Havránek (Technology Centre of Czech Academy of Sciences):
PDFHORIZON SCANNING

Sirpa Kekkonen (Head of Government Strategy Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Finland):
PDFSTRATEGIC POLICY-MAKING

Photos

Click here for a photo documentation of the ESDN Conference 2017.

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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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