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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

ESDN Conference 2012 - Rio+20 and its implications for Sustainable Development Policy at the EU and national level, Copenhagen/Denmark, 28-29 June 2012

The ESDN Conference 2012 took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 28-29 June 2012 and was organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the Danish EU Presidency.

The ESDN Conference 2012 was entitled “Rio+20 and its implications for Sustainable Development Policy at the EU and national level”. Taking place shortly after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the ESDN Conference 2012 provided a platform to reflect on the results of Rio+20 and to discuss their implications on content and SD governance for the different political levels. Moreover, the ESDN Steering Group will, together with the conference participants, develop recommendations for implementing the Rio+20 results in practice.

Programme & Proceedings

PDFConference Program (PDF, 491 kB)
PDFList of participants (PDF, 298 kB)

PDFConference proceedings (PDF, 1 MB)

Discussion & background paper

PDFConference Discussion Paper (PDF, 1.5 MB)

PDFDraft ESDN Policy Brief on "National Sustainable Development Strategies – What Future Role with Respect to Green Economy?" (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Conference communique

PDFCommunique from the ESDN Conference 2012 (PDF, 260 kB)

Documentation of keynotes and other presentations

-- 28 June 2012 --

  • Elisabeth Freytag & Wolfram Tertschnig, ESDN Co-chairs, Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management: "Objectives of the Conference"

Session 1: 20 years of UNCSD and growing socio-economic challenges in Europe

Session 2: Rio+20 results and their implications

Break-out sessions

Session 4: Rio+20 and its implications: Future needs and challenges

 

Videos

Søren Søndergaard Kjær, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of the Environment: Welcome address
Wolfram Tertschnig, ESDN Co-chairs, Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management: Objectives of the Conference
William M. Lafferty, ProSus Perspectives, Norway: From Rio to Rio+20 – The ongoing challenge of integrating the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in Europe
Stephan Schulmeister, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO): Euro/debt crises, growing imbalances and social ruptures in Europe – a critical perspective in the context of sustainable development
Chris Vanden Bilcke, Head of the UNEP Liaison Office to the EU: Overview on results of Rio+20 – UN Conference on Sustainable Development: Green Economy, Institutional Framework and renewing commitment for SD, SG Goals
Inge Paulini, Secretary-General, German Advisory Council on Global Change: Euro/debt crises, growing imbalances and social ruptures in Europe – a critical perspective in the context of sustainable development
Richard Adams, EESC Member and Vice-President of the Sustainable Development Observatory: Implications of Rio+20 results – perspectives from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Viktoria Bolla, Eurostat, Unit C.4 "Key indicators for European policies" & Markus Hametner, Research Institute for Managing Sustainability, WU Vienna: Figures for the future - 20 years of sustainable development in Europe?

Alan AtKisson, International Policy Advisor, AtKisson Group Stockholm: After Rio+20: Future needs and remaining challenges – Perspectives on SD for the next generations
Ida Auken, Danish Minister for the Environment: Future challenges after the Rio+20 Conference
   
Short 1 William Lafferty on pricing water resources
Short 2 William Lafferty on why having the EU SDS makes sense
Short 3 William Lafferty on Article 11 of the EU Treaty on Environmental Policy Integration
Short 4 Stephan Schulmeister on neoliberal perspectives on the current crisis
Short 5 Stephan Schulmeister on the speed of learning and the speed of the current crisis
Short 6 Ida Auken on the Green Economy
Short 7 Ida Auken on the Green GDP in Denmark
Short 8 Ida Auken on NGOs getting out of the disappointment industry
Short 9 Ida Auken on new alliances after Rio+20
Short 10 Ida Auken on the role of civil servants

Photos

Click here for a photo documentation of the ESDN Conference 2012.

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Szentendre 2011: Framing and Focussing: European Resource Policies in the Context of Sustainable Development

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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