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ESDNewsletter September 2010

This ESDNewsletter informs about the following topics and activities on sustainable development in Europe:

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New ESDN Quarterly Report on "National Sustainable Development Strategies in Europe: Status quo and recent developments"

The Quarterly Report (QR) of September 2010 provides a comprehensive update on National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDSs) of 29 European countries (27 EU Member States, plus Norway and Switzerland). The introductory chapter gives a general overview of NSDS processes, objectives and differences between countries. In the second chapter, the status quo and recent developments in NSDSs will be described and analysed along several aspects, including (a) basic information and institutional anchoring of NSDSs, (b) vertical policy coordination mechanisms, (c) horizontal policy coordination mechanisms, (d) evaluation and review, (e) monitoring and indicators, and (f) participation and consultation processes. Moreover, institution-building and mainstreaming of sustainable development through NSDSs will be reflected upon in a separate chapter. Finally, the QR presents some potential effects of NSDSs. Information for this comprehensive update is based on telephone interviews with NSDS coordinators, the ESDN country profiles and NSDS documents.

>> Read the current ESDN Quarterly Report

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News on the governance of sustainable development from various European countries and the EU

France: New French NSDS adopted

The new French NSDS (2010-2013) was adopted on 27 July 2010. The full strategy document can be accessed in French and a summary is also available in English.

Montenegro: National Interim Report on MGD implementation & NCSD discussed draft of National Strategy for Regional Development

At the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), held in September 2010, Montenegro renewed its commitment for the implementation of the MDGs. The National Interim Report on the MDG Implementation defines 44 indicators specific to the country’s specific situation and development circumstances. The third annual session of the reformed National Council of Sustainable Development (NCSD) was held in July 2010: the NCSD members discussed the draft version of the National Strategy for Regional Development of Montenegro, one of the key strategic documents for the long-term development of Montenegro.

Wales, UK: 2010 Sustainable Development Indicators published

The latest National Statistics on Sustainable Development Indicators produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 26 August 2010. The ‘In Your Pocket’ booklet on Sustainable Development Indicators for Wales 2010 provides measures of everyday concerns including health, housing, jobs, crime, education and our environment. The statistical release presents some background to the publication, and a summary table from the booklet.

UK: Measuring Progress - Sustainable Development Indicators 2010

From 2004 to 2009, the UK Government sustainable development indicators were published in a printed publication, entitled ‘Sustainable development indicators in your pocket’. For 2010, the indicators were only published in electronic form (in July 2010), and the publication has been rebranded: ‘Measuring progress: sustainable development indicators 2010’. The publication can be downloaded here.

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6th ESDN Workshop, Berlin, 2-3 December 2010

The 6th ESDN Workshop, entitled “Reforms for Measuring Welfare and Wealth in the Context of Sustainable Development”, will take place in Berlin on 2-3 December 2010. It will be hosted by the ESDN and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The workshop is open to ESDN members and associated partners as well as experts in the field. For more information on the workshop, please go the workshop section on the ESDN homepage.

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ESDN Conference 2010 in Ghent/Belgium, 4-6 July 2010: Full documentation now online

The ESDN Conference 2010 took place in Ghent/Belgium on 4-6 July 2010. It was organised by the ESDN in cooperation with the Belgian EU Presidency. This year’s conference, entitled “Towards an Economy compatible with Sustainable Development Principles: ‘Green’ Strategies in the context of Sustainable Development”, drew 100 participants from 25 countries (including, for the first time, colleagues from Dubai and Thailand). Full conference documentation, including the conference proceedings, all presentations at the conference, the working group results and a photo documentation, is now online at the ESDN homepage.

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CORPUS project: Workshop on Sustainable Food Consumption, Vienna, 21-22 October 2010

The first workshop of CORPUS on sustainable food consumption will take place in Vienna on 21-22 October 2010 at the premises of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Environment. It will bring together policy-makers and researcher to discuss important facts and trends in sustainable food consumption, including policy objectives on the European and national level. “CORPUS – Enhancing the Connectivity Between Research and Policy-Making in Sustainable Consumption” is a project funded by DG Research in the current EU research framework programme (FP7). The project is closely linked to the ESDN and aims to develop and explore innovative ways of knowledge exchange between and among researchers and policy-makers in order to foster evidence-based policy-making in sustainable consumption. For more information on the project and the workshop, please go to http://www.scp-knowledge.eu/.

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Other news

EEAC Annual Conference, Bruges and Tournai, 14-16 October 2010

The 18th EEAC Annual Conference will be held on 14-16 October 2010 in Bruges and Tournai, Belgium, focussing on “Sustainable Land Use”. In Bruges, on 14 October 2010, internal EEAC-meetings are foreseen, as well as a public session with selected pieces of advice by EEAC members. Also, the Belgian Council FRDO/CFDD organises a special event on “International Governance for Sustainable Development”. The main conference day in Bruges, on 15 October 2010, is organised by the Flemish Council Minaraad. A statement prepared by the EEAC Working Group Agriculture will be launched. The EEAC Annual Plenary Session (APS), on 16 October 2010, will be organised by the Walloon Council CWEDD in Tournai. For more information on the conference and the draft programme, please visit the EEAC homepage.

EASY-ECO Conference on Evaluation of Sustainable Development, Brussels, 17-19 November 2010

The final conference of the EASY-ECO project (funded under FP6 of the European Commission) on evaluation of sustainable development is going to take place in Brussels on 17-19 November 2010 at the European Parliament, the Belgian Academy of Sciences and the Free University of Brussels. The conference is organised by the Free University of Brussels and focuses on European perspectives of evaluation of sustainable development. It will be of particular interest to ESDN members and other policy-makers with interest in the European Commission’s impact assessment procedure, national sustainability impact assessment initiatives as well as general aspects of evaluation of sustainable development in Europe. For more information about the program, speakers and applications please use this link.

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The ESDN Office Team at the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability

Andre Martinuzzi
Gerald Berger
Nisida Gjoksi
Markus Hametner
Ursula Kopp
Michal Sedlacko

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