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Members of the ESDN are government officials responsible for SD policy formulation and implementation that indicate their interest in joining the network.
The membership status implies taking actively part in the exchange of information and experience among ESDN members and gives access to targeted individual support by the ESDN Office. The only obligation that comes with the ESDN membership is not to distribute confidential information (exchanged, for example, in the Members Section of the ESDN website) among non-members. Being a member of the ESDN is free of charge. Those who join the ESDN as members agree to share the ESDN Joint Understanding.
Currently, the ESDN has 196 Members from 35 countries: Although the focus of the ESDN is on Europe, for the time being the network is also open to non-European government officials. Besides the European countries coloured in yellow in the map, representatives from the following countries have also joined the ESDN: Canada and Tonga.