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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:

Helsinki 2019: Towards a Sustainable Europe 2030 – From Reflection to Action

Vienna 2018: Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation in the Age of the SDGs: What new approaches are required to be successful?

Prague 2017: Strategic Governance for SD: New developments and approaches in the context of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs

Bern 2016: Vertical integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD: Addressing the role of sub-national and local levels

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

European Sustainability Berlin 07 (ESB07) - Linking Policies, Implementation, and Civil Society Action. Berlin, 3-5 June, 2007

The ESDN Conference 2007 was hosted by the German Council for SD (RNE) as the main sustainability event in the context of the German EU Presidency on 3-5 June in Berlin. The two major topics of the Conference were (a) linking politics and administration and (b) stimulating informed debate in civil society. The two topics were subject to several keynote and dinner speeches, in-depth working group discussions and a sounding panel that consisted of two parliamentarians, one administrator and one civil society representative. Additionally, issues related to the EU SDS (peer reviewing and reporting) were discussed by two panels. Finally, all participants discussed how to develop the ESDN further at the end of the event.

Below you find a comprehensive documentation of the event.

Programme and proceedings

Discussion and background papers

Documentation of keynotes and panel sessions

Sunday, 3 June 2007

  • Günter Krings (Member of the Bundestag): Linking Policies and Implementation: Making SD Strategies a case for Parliamentary activities PDFPDF (48 kB)

Monday, 4 June 2007

  • Welcome by Peter Rösgen (Federal Chancellery)
  • Klaus Töpfer (German Council for SD): Meeting global challenges: The contribution of SD Strategies
  • Volker Hauff (German Council for SD): Brundtland Report: A 20 years update PDFPDF (50 kB)
  • Panel Discussion 1: Peer reviewing
  • Panel Discussion 2: EU SDS progress reporting
  • Astrid Klug (Parliamentary Secretary of State, German Environment Minsitry): Snapshot European Sustainability PDFPDF (35 kB)
  • Dinner Speech by Bjorn Stigson (President of the WBCSD) PDFPDF (46 kB)

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

  • Peter Tempel (Federal Foreign Office): Sustainability 2007 – The Federal Government’s Perspective PDFPDF (59 kB)
  • Mainstreaming SD in Europe - Workshop Reports and Sounding Panel Discussion
  • ESDN discussion: Review and outlook of the ESDN
  • Practising continuity - Concluding Remarks


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

ESB07 Participants

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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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