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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

PDFConference Proceedings (PDF, 1,3 MB)
PDFConference Programme (PDF, 549 kB)
PDFList of Participants (PDF, 396 kB)

Discussion & background paper

PDFDiscussion Paper (PDF, 1 MB)

Documentation of keynotes and other presentations

-- 5 July 2010 --

Session 1: Linking economic growth and sustainable development – Addressing environmental and social challenges

  • Elisabeth Freytag (ESDN Co-chair, Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management) & Michal Sedlacko (ESDN Office at the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability, WU Wien): “Objectives of the Conference, recap of the 5th ESDN Workshop in Madrid & principles of a sustainable economy” PDFPDF (1 MB)
  • David Gee (Senior Advisor, European Environment Agency): “Environmental Opportunities in times of the triple crises in Financial, Energy, & Ecosystems” PDFPDF (660 kB)
  • Leida Rijnhout (Executive Director, Northern Alliance for Sustainability - ANPED): “Addressing the social challenges in Green Growth and SD” PDFPDF (991 kB)
  • Christophe Bouvier (Director of the Regional Office for Europe, UNEP): “Investing in the New Economy” PDFPDF (1 MB)
  • Robert Visser (Deputy-Director of the Environment Directorate, OECD): “OECD – The Green Growth Strategy” PDFPDF (1,2 MB)

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

  • Vincent Tronet (Eurostat): “Eurostat – EU SDS monitoring report 2009” PDFPDF (661 kB)
  • Wanida Wanichpongpan (SDplanNet AP Coordinator): “Bridging Policy Network: Europe and Asia and the Pacific” PDFPDF (2,1 MB)

-- 6 July 2010 --

Session 3: Moving towards a sustainable economy – Governance perspectives

  • Tim O’Riordan (University of East Anglia, co-chair of the EEAC Sustainable Development Working Group & former Commissioner of the UK Sustainable Development Commission): “Switching to SD from Financial Turbulence” PDFPDF (168 kB)
  • Elisabeth Freytag (ESDN Co-chair, Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management): “Concluding remarks & further steps” PDFPDF (532 kB)

- Key recommendations from the parallel working groups:

- Break-out events at coffee break

  • Sauli Rouhinen (Director, Sustainable Development, Ministry of the Environment, Finland) & Geurt van de Kerk (President of Sustainable Society Foundation): “Development towards a  sustainable society: Finland – The Netherlands 1975 – 2008” PDFPDF (772 kB)

- Knowledge brokerage in sustainable consumption – Fostering exchange between policy-makers and researchers

  • Gerald Berger (ESDN Office at the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability, WU Wien): “FP 7 research projects & their link to ESDN: RESPONDER” PDFPDF (770 kB)
  • Gerd Scholl (Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Germany): “Knowledge Brokerage in Sustainable Consumption: Introducing the project CORPUS” PDFPDF (1,2 MB)

Photos

Click here for a photo documentation of the ESDN Ghent Conference.

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Prague 2009: Options and Opportunities for the future EU Sustainable Development Strategy

Paris 2008: Coordinating SCP and CSR policies with Sustainable Development Strategies

Berlin 2007: European Sustainability Berlin 2007

Salzburg 2006: Sustainable Development goes Mozart

Windsor 2005: EU sustainable development networking event

Kinsale 2004: Comhar Conference

Vienna 2003: Sustainable Development in an enlarged Union

The Hague 2002: National Strategies for Sustainable Development: “Facts, Faces and Future Challenges”

 

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