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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:
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
ESDN Conference 2014, A renewed policy framework for sustainable development - The international SD agenda and its impact on Europe, Rome/Italy, 6-7 November 2014
The ESDN Conference 2014 took place in Rome, Italy on 6-7 November 2014. The conference was organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the Italian EU Presidency. In total, 67 participants from 22 countries (21 European countries and Egypt) attended the conference.
The ESDN Conference 2014 was entitled “A renewed policy framework for sustainable development – The international SD agenda and its impact on Europe”. During the Italian EU Presidency, important decision on the SDGs and the post-2015 process will be taken. Therefore, the ESDN Conference 2014 reflected 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 reflected upon the role of National SD Strategies in the context of current socio-economic and environmental policy challenges.
The conference comprised six sessions:
Programme & Proceedings
Discussion & background papers
Keynote presentations (with PPTs; for others, please find summaries in the forthcoming Conference Proceedings):
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 5: New challenges for National SD Strategies (NSDSs) in the context of current socio-economic/ environmental challenges and international SD issues
Stefan Bauernfeind, German Federal Chancellery; Stéphane Bernaudon, French Ministry of Sustainable Development & Wolfram Tertschnig, Austrian Ministry of Environment: Announcement of the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW)
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
The Hague 2002: National Strategies for Sustainable Development: “Facts, Faces and Future Challenges”