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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

ESDN Conference 2011 - Framing and Focussing: European Resource Policies in the Context of Sustainable Development, Szentendre/Hungary, 27-29 June 2011

The ESDN Conference 2011 took place in Szentendre (near Budapest) in Hungary on 27-29 June 2011. The conference was organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the Hungarian EU Presidency.

The conference had two main objectives:

  • to broaden the discussion on resource policies in Europe, advocating a more comprehensive approach from a sustainable development perspective (e.g. addressing the link between resource efficiency and the rebound effect, tackling cross-sectoral pressures and challenges resulting from resource availability and accessibility and exploitation/utilization patterns, inter-relationship between resources, governance challenges), and
  • to develop recommendations for the EU and Member States on integrated resource policies in the context of sustainable development, particularly with regard to the Europe 2020 flagship initiative, “A resource-efficient Europe” (COM(2011) 21), and the Road Map that will be developed to implement this flagship initiative.

The conference comprised three sessions:

  • Session 1: Resource policies in Europe – framing of key issues in the context of sustainable development
  • Session 2: Parallel working groups – different dimensions of resource policies in Europe
  • Session 3: Developing recommendations for the EU and Member States level

Programme & Proceedings

PDFESDN Recommendations "Framing and Focusing of European Resource Policies: Challenges to be met by European resource policies in the context of sustainable development" (PDF, 125 kB)

PDFConference Proceedings (PDF, 958 kB)

PDFConference Programme (PDF, 502 kB)
PDFList of partcipants (PDF, 330 kB)

Discussion & background paper

PDFConference Discussion Paper (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Documentation of keynotes and other presentations

-- 28 June 2011 --

Session 1: Resource policies in Europe – framing of key issues in the context of sustainable development

Session 2: Working groups – different dimensions of resource policies in Europe

- Working group discussions: Recommendations for resource policies in Europe

  • WG 1 "Innovation dimension": Inge Lardinois (Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, Netherlands) PDFPDF (184 kB); Luisa Prista (DG Research & Innovation, European Commission) PDFPDF (602 kB)
  • WG 2 "Security of supply/resource security": Robert Holnsteiner (Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth, Austria) PDFPDF (1.2 MB)
  • WG 3 "Ecological and social rucksacks and rebounds": Tibor Farago (Hon. Prof. St. Istvan University, Hungary; Representative of Hungarian Society of Nature Conservationists) PDFPDF (72 kB)
  • WG 4 "Resource policies and governance challenges": Daniel Wachter (Federal Office for Spatial Development, Switzerland) PDFPDF (44 kB)

- Panel discussion: How are key stakeholders driving the agenda on resource policies and management in Europe?

  • Luisa Prista, Head of Unit Environmental Technologies, DG Research & Innovation
  • Salla Ahonen, Director Environmental Policy, Nokia
  • Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
  • Marta Szigeti Bonifert, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Center (REC) for Central and Eastern Europe PDFPDF (739 kB)
  • Ivan Gyulai, Director, Ecological Institute for Sustainable Development, Hungary

- Interlude: Sustainable consumption in Europe - update on two FP7 research projects & their link to ESDN

  • André Martinuzzi (ESDN Office & Research Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics): RESPONDER PDFPDF (1.5 MB)
  • Gerald Berger (ESDN Office & Research Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics): CORPUS PDFPDF (1.3 MB)

-- 29 June 2011 --

Session 3: Developing recommendations for the EU and Member States level

- Resource policy strategies and initiatives in EU Member States: Objectives, measures, instruments, processes

  • Christopher Manstein, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria PDFPDF (39 kB)
  • Sauli Rouhinen, Ministry of the Environment, Finland PDFPDF (403 kB)
  • Birgit Schwenk, Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany PDFPDF (174 kB)
  • Erzsebet Gergely, Ministry of Rural Development, Hungary PDFPDF (1.9 MB)
  • Inge Lardinois, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, Netherlands PDFPDF (64 kB)

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Ghent 2010: Towards an Economy compatible with Sustainable Development Principles

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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