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Based on the ESDN Proposition on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the ESDN since 2016 organizes Peer Learning Platforms. These Platforms facilitate the exchange of experiences and good practices between policy-makers in national ministries who are responsible for the 2030 Agenda implementation process in their respective countries. Please find below information on the ESDN Peer Learning Platforms and download documents.

4th ESDN Peer Learning Platform, "Budgeting for the SDGs", and Peer Learning Visit, "Danish 2030 Cross-Parliamentary Network and Panel"

The 4th ESDN Peer Learning Platform and Visit, which took place on 6-7 March 2019, brought together policymakers from the national and regional level to share, exchange, discuss, and learn from one another about the progress being made in European countries on budgeting for the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015, especially on budgetary provisions for the SDG implementation. The Platform was divided into six main “Spaces for Exchange” with the Visit portion of the Platform occurring in the second half of Day 2 (7 March): 

  • Space for Exchange 1: The Current Experiences and Plans
  • Space for Exchange 2: Learning from the Cases
  • Space for Exchange 3: Outcomes from the Learning
  • Space for Exchange 4: The Future of Budgeting for the SDGs
  • Space for Exchange 5: The Future Needs and Challenges
  • Space for Exchange 6: Outcomes of the Interactive Exchange

The Peer Learning Visit (on 7 March in the afternoon) focused on the work of the Danish 2030 Cross-Parliamentary Network and Panel. As politicians ultimately set the course regarding the focus a country takes and the priorities it sets, having them fully understand the SDGs is important in making them into a government priority, which could see budgets quickly follow suit and also prioritize the SDGs and policies that seek to realize them. It is also important for policymakers to have the perspective of elected officials in terms of sustainable development and the difficulties elected officials face in pushing a sustainable development or SDG focused working program and budget.


3rd ESDN Peer Learning Platform, “Implementing the 2030 Agenda in Countries and Regions: Sharing for Learning”, and Peer Learning Visit, “National and Regional  Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Italy”

The topic of this year’s Peer Learning Platform and Visit centered around the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at national and regional level, with particular attention to the SDGs selected for the HLPF 2018 (SDG 6,7,11,12,15). The main objective was to share, in greater depth, the experiences of European countries in the 2030 Agenda and SDG implementation process and also in light of the forthcoming HLPF 2018 in New York in July 2018.

The Platform included an opening and orientating session, followed by three main ‘Spaces for Learning’:

  • Space for Learning 1: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national & regional level - “Learning by listening”
  • Space for Learning 2: “Speed Dating” - Exchanging experiences, learning from examples -“Learning by exchanging”
  • Space for Learning 3: Designing your 2030 Agenda/SDG Implementation Success Story - “Learning by doing”  

The Visit included two sessions on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda:

  • National level
  • Regional Level


2nd ESDN Peer Learning Platform, “Voluntary National Reviews at the UN High Level Political Forum: Experience Exchange and Learning”, and Peer Learning Visit, “Sustainable Development Governance and Stakeholder Cooperation in Finland”

The Peer Learning Platform brought together policymakers who have already completed their Voluntary Nation Reviews (VNRs) for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2016 to share, in greater depth, their experiences, in order to facilitate a sharing of experiences and learning with policymakers from those countries currently preparing their own VNRs for the HLPF 2017 and all future HLPFs.

The Platform included an opening and orientating session, followed by three main ‘Spaces for Exchange’:

  • Space for Exchange 1: Experiences from the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2016
  • Space for Exchange 2: Preparation of the VNRs for the HLPF 2017
  • Spaces for Exchange 3 + 4: Main challenges in the VNR 2017 preparation – exchange and learning               

The Peer Learning Visit allowed policymakers to experience how horizontal integration, with respect to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, work in Finland. The Visit focused on inter-ministerial cooperation, as well as stakeholder engagement in Finland.

The Visit included an introductory part and two panel sessions:

  • Institutionalizing Sustainable Development in Finland: Horizontal integration and policy mainstreaming for the 2030 Agenda implementation
  • Involving stakeholders and experts in the Finnish Sustainable Development Model: Practical examples and experiences



1st ESDN Peer Learning Platform, “Policy coherence and cooperation for the 2030 Agenda and SDGs implementation”, Brussels, Belgium, 13 October 2016

This first ESDN Peer Learning Platform offered policy-makers from all European countries, experts and selected stakeholders the chance to exchange experiences and learn from implementation practice. The platform had the following objectives:

  • To provide the opportunity to exchange and discuss the needs of national policy-making with regards to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD, and to share experiences and perspectives on how to design policies and processes, and how to link them to national sustainable development strategies;
  • Test the ESDN peer learning approach for future fine-tuning of this new mechanism for peer learning.

The platform included an opening and orientating session, followed by four main ‘Spaces for Exchange:

  • Space for Exchange 1: Experiences and lessons learned from the 2016 HLPF Voluntary National Reviews;
  • Space for Exchange 2: Policy coherence – Overcoming ‘silo’ thinking;
  • Space for Exchange 3: Cooperation between the different policy levels;
  • Space for Exchange 4: How to bring these ideas back home.



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