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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 2016,Vertical integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD: Addressing the role of sub-national and local levels”, Bern (Switzerland), 10-11 November 2016

The ESDN Conference 2016 will take place in Bern (Switzerland) on 10-11 November 2016, in cooperation with the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE). The conference will be a 1.5 days event and will bring together policy-makers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe.

The ESDN Conference 2016 is entitled “Vertical integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD: Addressing the role of sub-national and local levels”. The implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs will require action and efforts at all political levels and also cooperation between the different levels. The conference will thus provide an excellent chance to take stock of the current 2030 Agenda/SDGs implementation experiences in general and in the different European countries, and to in-depth discuss the role of and activities on the sub-national and local levels in the 2030 Agenda/SDG implementation.

The conference will comprise five sessions:

  • Session 1: Current status of 2030 Agenda and SDGs activities on the UN and EU level
  • Session 2: National activities for implementing the 2030 Agenda and SDGs – update and future plans
  • Session 3: Role and activities of the sub-national levels in the 2030 Agenda and SDGs implementation
  • Session 4: Vertical integration and cooperation between different political levels
  • Session 5: Recommendations for fostering vertical integration in the 2030 Agenda/SDGs implementation



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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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