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Since 2007, the ESDN is organizing thematic workshops in order to facilitate informal exchange of standpoints and experiences between the ESDN Members. This section of the website provides a one-stop-shop documentation of all ESDN Workshops so far. Please click on one of the workshops for more details:
Berlin 2016: Developing the ESDN peer learning approach to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD and the SDGs
Paris 2015: Strengthening environmental and sustainable development dialogue in Europe in the context of the 2030 SD Agenda
Brussels 2015: Monitoring and reviewing sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Europe: current debates in EU Member States and on the European level
Berlin 2014: Transformative environmental and sustainability policy: new thematic issues, actor constellations and governance modes
Brussels 2014: Fostering Urban Sustainable Development: Potentials and Challenges for National and European Policy
"Financial Markets, Institutions and Policies in the Context of Sustainable Development - Dimensions, Issues and Actors of an Emerging Arena" Brussels, 22-23 November 2012
Organizers: European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN), German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) & Vita Foundation Germany
The 8th ESDN Workshop took place in Brussels on 22-23 November 2012. In total, 53 participant from 14 European countries and Japan attended the workshop. Please find below a short introduction to the workshop topics. Moreover, you can also find below background documents to download.
The workshop intended to scope the mechanisms and operational design of financial markets, explore the functional and dysfunctional aspects in a SD perspective and, on this basis, develop concrete fields of action for SD policy related to financing, financial markets and finance governance. The outcomes of the workshop provide an orientation for SD policy-makers in the debate around the financial markets and future policy options in their administrations. In addition, it brought together actors from different fields to discuss and learn from their respective experiences to develop suggestions how the financial markets could better serve SD objectives. The workshop focused on questions such as: What are the conceptual frames, the framework conditions, mechanisms and recent developments of financial markets? What exact impacts does the current financial market system have on SD policy and practice? How can financial market reforms and additional instruments and institutions be designed in order to enhance SD? How are sustainable investing practices affected by other events and upheavals in financial markets, such as the financial crisis or the current Euro crisis? To what extent do (or should) investors reflect on SD objectives in their investment decisions?
Programme and documentation:
Berlin 2011: Perspectives for European SD Policy & Governance in the context of recent EU policy strategies and Rio+20