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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:
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
ESDN Conference 2010 - Towards an Economy compatible with Sustainable Development Principles: "Green" Strategies in the context of Sustainable Development. Ghent, Belgium, 4-6 July 2010
The ESDN Conference 2010 was hosted by the Belgian EU Presidency and took place in Ghent on 4-6 July 2010. The conference aimed to reflect on linking economic growth and sustainable development based on the results of the 5th ESDN Workshop that took place in Madrid in March 2010. More specifically, the conference elaborated on how best to address environmental and social challenges in strategies and activities that link economic growth and sustainable development, particularly in the “Europe 2020” strategy, UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative and the preparation of UNCSD 2010 as well as the OECD’s Green Growth Strategy. In so doing, the conference participants discussed innovative approaches of sustainable development, how to achieve coherence among policy sectors, and reflected on governance mechanisms, policy tools and monitoring schemes. The conference will comprised three sessions: (i) Linking economic growth and sustainable development – addressing environmental and social challenges, (ii) From green growth towards an economy compatible with sustainable development principles (parallel working groups), and (iii) Moving towards a sustainable economy: criteria, tools and mechanisms.
The outcomes of the ESDN Conference will be a strategic positioning towards the “Europe 2020” strategy, UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative and UNCSD 2010 as well as OECD’s Green Growth Strategy. Moreover, steps of moving towards a sustainable economy will be formulated after the conference.
Below please find the documentation of the ESDN Conference 2010.
Programme and proceedings
Discussion & background paper
Documentation of keynotes and other presentations
-- 5 July 2010 --
Session 1: Linking economic growth and sustainable development – Addressing environmental and social challenges
Session 2: Parallel Working Groups – From green growth towards an economy compatible with SD principles
- Key messages from the parallel working groups:
- Break-out events at coffee break
-- 6 July 2010 --
Session 3: Moving towards a sustainable economy – Governance perspectives
- Key recommendations from the parallel working groups:
- Break-out events at coffee break
- Knowledge brokerage in sustainable consumption – Fostering exchange between policy-makers and researchers
The Hague 2002: National Strategies for Sustainable Development: “Facts, Faces and Future Challenges”