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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
ESDN Conference 2016, “Vertical integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD: Addressing the role of sub-national and local levels”, Bern (Switzerland), 10-11 November 2016
The ESDN Conference 2016 took place in Bern (Switzerland) on 10-11 November 2016, in cooperation with the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE). The conference was a 1.5 days event and brought together policy-makers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe. A total of 80 participants from 19 countries took part in the conference.
The ESDN Conference 2016 was entitled “Vertical integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD: Addressing the role of sub-national and local levels”. The implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs will require action and efforts at all political levels and also cooperation between the different levels. The conference thus provided an excellent chance to take stock of the current 2030 Agenda/SDGs implementation experiences in general and in the different European countries, and to in-depth discuss the role of and activities on the sub-national and local levels in the 2030 Agenda/SDG implementation.
The conference comprised five sessions:
Programme & Proceedings
Session 2: National activities for implementing the 2030 Agenda and SDGs – update, future plans and vertical integration efforts
Session 3: Role and activities of the sub-national levels in the 2030 Agenda and SDGs implementation
Session 4: Vertical integration and cooperation between different political levels
Working group results
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
The Hague 2002: National Strategies for Sustainable Development: “Facts, Faces and Future Challenges”