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Since 2007, the ESDN is organizing thematic workshops in order to facilitate informal exchange of standpoints and experiences between the ESDN Members. This section of the website provides a one-stop-shop documentation of all ESDN Workshops so far. Please click on one of the workshops for more details:

Berlin 2019: Transformation towards Sustainability in Times of Rising Populism

16th ESDN Workshop "Communication of Sustainable Development and the SDGs: Strategies and Good Practices", Berlin, 19-20 November 2018

The 16th ESDN Workshop took place in Berlin, Germany from 19-20 November 2018! The topic of the workshop was: “Communication of Sustainable Development and the SDGs: Strategies and Good Practices”. The workshop, which was organized over two half-day sessions, from 19 to 20 November 2018, was hosted by the ESDN in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. 

The ESDN recognizes that the role of communication in the implementation of sustainable development, in general, and the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, in particular, is very important. Sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda need to be embraced not only by policymakers and experts in the field, but also by all the different stakeholder groups, in order to achieve their objectives in practice. However, the 17 SDGs and their specific targets are still mostly known by only relatively small groups of people. Therefore, the main objective of this workshop was to look into the needs for successfully communicating SD and the SDGs by highlighting good practice examples of communication strategies and reflect upon future needs of being able to better communicate SD and the SDGs. This included a reflection on the recommendations of the peer review of the German SD Strategy and the new strategy to communicate sustainable development in Germany.



Welcome and Opening: The Role of Communication in the Implementation of SD and the SDGs

Session 1: Good Practice Examples of Communicating SDGs from the Supra-national and National Levels

Session 2: German Approaches to Communicate SD and the SDGs

Session 4: Good Practice Examples from Different Stakeholder Groups and Media


Berlin 2017: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs at the sub-national level: Practical experiences and governance needs

Berlin 2016: Developing the ESDN peer learning approach to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD and the SDGs

Paris 2015: Strengthening environmental and sustainable development dialogue in Europe in the context of the 2030 SD Agenda

Brussels 2015: Monitoring and reviewing sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Europe: current debates in EU Member States and on the European level

Berlin 2014: Transformative environmental and sustainability policy: new thematic issues, actor constellations and governance modes

Brussels 2014: Fostering Urban Sustainable Development: Potentials and Challenges for National and European Policy

Brussels 2013: The Future of the EU SDS - Expectations and Possible Contributions from the ESDN

Brussels 2012: Financial Markets, Institutions and Policies in the Context of Sustainable Development - Dimensions, Issues and Actors of an Emerging Arena

Berlin 2011: Perspectives for European SD Policy & Governance in the context of recent EU policy strategies and Rio+20

Berlin 2010: Reforms for Measuring Welfare and Wealth in the Context of Sustainable Development

Madrid 2010: From Green Growth towards a Sustainable Economy?

Brussels 2009: New Driver for Sustainable Development Strategies - The Power of Smart Linkages

Brussels 2008: Post-2010: The Future of the EU SDS and its Interface with the Lisbon Process

Berlin 2008: Experiences with Participatory Tools and Mechanisms

Cascais 2007: Sustainable Development Indicators at the EU level


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