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ESDN Peer Learning Platforms

Based on the ESDN Proposition on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the ESDN since 2016 organizes Peer Learning Platforms. These Platforms facilitate the exchange of experiences and good practices between policy-makers in national ministries who are responsible for the 2030 Agenda implementation process in their respective countries.
Please find below information on the ESDN Peer Learning Platforms and download documents.

2nd ESDN Peer Learning Platform, “Voluntary National Reviews at the UN High Level Political Forum: Experience Exchange and Learning”, and Peer Learning Visit, “Sustainable Development Governance and Stakeholder Cooperation in Finland”

The Peer Learning Platform brought together policymakers who have already completed their Voluntary Nation Reviews (VNRs) for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2016 to share, in greater depth, their experiences, in order to facilitate a sharing of experiences and learning with policymakers from those countries currently preparing their own VNRs for the HLPF 2017 and all future HLPFs.

The Platform included an opening and orientating session, followed by three main ‘Spaces for Exchange’:

  • Space for Exchange 1: Experiences from the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2016
  • Space for Exchange 2: Preparation of the VNRs for the HLPF 2017
  • Spaces for Exchange 3 + 4: Main challenges in the VNR 2017 preparation – exchange and learning               

The Peer Learning Visit allowed policymakers to experience how horizontal integration, with respect to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, work in Finland. The Visit focused on inter-ministerial cooperation, as well as stakeholder engagement in Finland.

The Visit included an introductory part and two panel sessions:

  • Institutionalizing Sustainable Development in Finland: Horizontal integration and policy mainstreaming for the 2030 Agenda implementation
  • Involving stakeholders and experts in the Finnish Sustainable Development Model: Practical examples and experiences



1st ESDN Peer Learning Platform, “Policy coherence and cooperation for the 2030 Agenda and SDGs implementation”, Brussels, Belgium, 13 October 2016

This first ESDN Peer Learning Platform offered policy-makers from all European countries, experts and selected stakeholders the chance to exchange experiences and learn from implementation practice. The platform had the following objectives:

  • To provide the opportunity to exchange and discuss the needs of national policy-making with regards to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD, and to share experiences and perspectives on how to design policies and processes, and how to link them to national sustainable development strategies;
  • Test the ESDN peer learning approach for future fine-tuning of this new mechanism for peer learning.

The platform included an opening and orientating session, followed by four main ‘Spaces for Exchange:

  • Space for Exchange 1: Experiences and lessons learned from the 2016 HLPF Voluntary National Reviews;
  • Space for Exchange 2: Policy coherence – Overcoming ‘silo’ thinking;
  • Space for Exchange 3: Cooperation between the different policy levels;
  • Space for Exchange 4: How to bring these ideas back home.



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