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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

ESDN Conference 2009 - Options and Opportunities for the future EU Sustainable Development Strategy. Prague, 17-19 June 2009

The ESDN Conference 2009 was hosted by the Czech EU Presidency, in cooperation with the Swedish EU Presidency, and took place at the Congress Centre in Prague on 17-19 June 2009. The focus of the conference was on "Options and Opportunities for the future EU Sustainable Development Strategy". The conference comprised three sessions: (i) Coherence of strategies & the challenge of policy integration, (ii) Options and opportunities for the future EU SDS - key objectives and topics, and (iii) Options and opportunities for the future EU SDS - governance mechanisms & institutional structures. After the welcome addresses by the Czech Deputy Minister of the Environment and the Swedish State Secretary to the Minister of European Affairs, each session was introduced by keynote presentations and followed by panel discussions. In sessions 2 and 3, the conference participants discussed in-depth in parallel working groups. At the end of the conference, the ESDN co-chairs presented ESDN network issues and perspectives (including the link to the forthcoming FP7 project CORPUS).

Below please find the documentation of the ESDN Conference 2009.

Programme and proceedings

PDFConference Programme (PDF, 481 kB)
PDFConference Proceedings (PDF, 370 kB)
PDFList of Participants (PDF, 137 kB)

Discussion & background paper

PDFDiscussion Paper (PDF, 463 kB)
PDFBackground Paper (PDF, 256 kB)

Documentation of keynotes and panel sessions

Thursday, 18 June 2009

  • Welcome by Jan Dusík (Deputy Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic) PDFPDF (695 kB)
  • Jan De Smedt (EEAC): Converging the Lisbon Agenda for a Sustainable New Europe PDFPDF (573 kB)
  • Christophe Bouvier (Director of Regional Office for Europe, UNEP): "Global Green New Deal": Objectives and linkages to sustainable development strategy processes PDFPDF (1 MB)
  • R. Andreas Kraemer (Ecologic): Economic stimulus packages in Europe: Overview of national measures and their linkages to the innovation dimension of the Lisbon agenda and sustainable development strategies PDFPDF (391 kB)
  • Thomas Bergmark (Social and Environmental Affairs Manager, IKEA Group): Integrating economic growth and sustainable development strategies in an international company: Lessons learned PDFPDF (2,8 MB)
  • John Hontelez (European Environmental Bureau): Results and lessons learned from the Spring Alliance process PDFPDF (170 kB)
  • ESDN Office: Key objectives and topics - Results of the survey among SD coordinators from the EU Member States PDFPPT (265 kB)
  • Working group moderators: Presentation of working group results PDFPDF (247 kB)
  • Anders Wijkman (Member of the European Parliament): Governance mechanisms & institutional structures of the EU SDS - Taking stock, lessons to learn and future needs PDFPDF (572 kB)

Friday, 19 June 2009

  • Annika Lindblom (Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development) Integrating sustainability assessment into sustainable development policy-making PDFPDF (569 kB)
  • ESDN Office: Governance mechanisms & institutional structures - Results of the survey among SD coordinators from the EU Member States PDFPPT (247 kB)
  • Working group moderators: Presentation of working group results PDFPDF (264 kB)
  • Elisabeth Freytag (ESDN Co-chair) & André Martinuzzi (ESDN Office): ESDN - Network Business & Perspectives PDFPDF (335 kB)


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

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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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