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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:

18th ESDN Workshop "Achieving the SDGs through a Sustainable and Just Transition: Challenges and responses to COVID-19", 24 June 2020

The 18th ESDN Workshop took place virtually on 24 June 2020. The topic of this year’s Workshop was “Achieving the SDGs through a Sustainable and Just Transition: Challenges and responses to Covid-19”. The objectives of the Workshop were to provide insights beyond the current ramifications of the Covid-19 crisis and focused on the impacts that Covid-19 will have on sustainable development and the European Green Deal and how European policymakers can strengthen sustainable development policy-making and prevent sustainable development from becoming marginalized. Another aspect of the Workshop was focused on the how the Covid-19 recovery will affect the European countries at the national level in the implementation of the SDGs. The Workshop was organized by the ESDN in cooperation with Romanian Government – Department of Sustainable Development.

Programme & documentation:

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Session 1: COVID-19’s Foreseen Impact on Sustainable Development and the European Green Deal

Session 2: COVID-19 recovery and its effects on national implementation of the SDGs


Berlin 2019: Transformation towards Sustainability in Times of Rising Populism

Berlin 2018: Communication of Sustainable Development and the SDGs: Strategies and Good Practices

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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