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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 2014, Rome/Italy, 6-7 November 2014

The ESDN Conference 2014 will take place in Rome, Italy on 6-7 November 2014. The conference will be organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the Italian EU Presidency.

The ESDN Conference 2014 is entitled “A renewed policy framework for sustainable development – The international SD agenda and its impact on Europe”. During the Italian EU Presidency, the decision on SDGs and the post-2015 process will be taken. Therefore, the ESDN Conference 2014 will reflect on how the UN process will impact on the EU and national level with regards to sustainable development. This also refers to the Greening of the European Semester, which provides a good opportunity in the future for policy strategies to integrate environmental aspects, and more general issues of governance for SD (e.g. cross-sectoral coordination, stakeholder involvement, etc.). Moreover, the conference will reflect upon the role of National SD Strategies in the context of current socio-economic and environmental policy challenges.

The conference will comprise six sessions:

  • Session 1: The international sustainable development agenda (SDGs/post-2015)
  • Session 2: Impacts of the international SD agenda on Europe
  • Session 3: Involving societal stakeholder in addressing international SD issues in Europe
  • Session 4: Governance for SD in Europe
  • Session 5: New challenges for National SD Strategies (NSDSs) in the context of current socio-economic and environmental challenges
  • Session 6: Making NSDSs ‘fit for purpose’

PDFDraft Conference Programme (PDF, 161 kB)

Registration for the conference starts now and is open until 24 October 2014. For more information, As the number of participants is limited, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. please send an email to the ESDN Office at

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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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