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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:

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ESDN Conference 2018, “Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation in the Age of the SDGs: What new approaches are required to be successful?”, Vienna (Austria), 1-2 October, 2018

The ESDN Conference 2018 took place on 1-2 October 2018 in Vienna, Austria, at the Austria Center Vienna. It was organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism as an official event of the incoming Austrian EU Presidency. The Conference brought ring together policymakers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe.

The topic of the ESDN Conference 2018 was: “Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation in the Age of the SDGs: What new approaches are required to be successful?” The SDGs are broad and complex, which necessitates the cooperation with, and knowledge from, all stakeholders. Given the broad and complex nature of the SDGs, have they changed the way in which the policy world and stakeholder world collaborate? If so, then what is now required to develop successful stakeholder-policy cooperation regarding the implementation of the SDGs?

This conference looked into new ways, approaches, and examples of how the policy world and stakeholder world collaborate by looking at the practical implementation of diverse stakeholder-policymaker collaboration methods, activities, etc. Cutting-edge examples were presented from many European countries, in which speakers shared the new ways and approaches they are employing stakeholder-policy cooperation methods.

Programme & Proceedings

Keynote presentations

Session 1: Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation – What has changed with the SDGs? 

PDFGünther Bachmann, “Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation in the Age of the SDGs: Experiences, Practical Examples, and Impulses for Future Success”

PDFMonika Linn, “Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation for SD: Past Experiences and New Requirements in the Age of the SDGs – Where do we come from and where are we going?”

Session 2: Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation on SDG Implementation in the European Union

PDFElisabeth Freytag-Rigler and Wolfram Tertschnig in place of Marcel Haag: “Multi-Stakeholder Platform on SDGs: Purpose, Functionality, and SDG Implementation Activities”

Session 3: Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation for the SDGs – Perspectives of Governance

Session 4: Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation for the SDGs – Effectively Tapping into Stakeholder Energy

PDFAndré Martinuzzi : “Important insights from the presentations and discussions of Day 1”

Session 5: ConverStations - Stakeholder activities and initiatives for the SDG implementation

Session 6: Developing the Ingredients for Successful Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation in SDG Implementation


Click here for a photo documentation of the ESDN Conference 2018.


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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

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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