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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

Berlin 2007: European Sustainability Berlin 2007

"Sustainable Development goes Mozart" - ESDN Conference at Salzburg on June 1-2, 2006

The European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) Conference was hosted on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd June in Salzburg. This conference was the fifth in a series of similar events.

The purpose of the 2006 ESDN Conference was to exchange knowledge and experiences on

  • The challenge of vertically integrating SD policies across levels of governance (EU – national-sub-national levels of governance),
  • Evaluating and peer reviewing SD strategies and
  • Further developing the ESDN

The three issues were dealt with in keynote presentations, working groups, a guided poster session, “word-rap interventions”, and plenary discussions.

Background papers and proceedings

Keynote presentations

Results of the Working Groups on the EU SDS

Poster Session


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

Conference participants

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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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