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ESDN Quarterly Report July 2013

National Sustainable Development Strategies in Europe 2013: 

Taking stock and exploring new developments

by Umberto Pisano, Katrin Lepuschitz and Gerald Berger

This ESDN Quarterly Report (QR) is based on up-to-date information from the ESDN Country Profiles (updates from May/June 2013) and continues the NSDS stock-taking that has begun with the ESDN Quarterly Report September 2010. It also includes and reflects on the work and debates at the ESDN Conference 2013 on the same topic. The intention behind this QR is to provide an analysis of the situation of National Sustainable Strategies (NSDSs) in Europe. Therefore, we tried to investigate past achievements, explore new developments, identify future challenges, but we also take into consideration the discussions and insights with delegates during the ESDN Conference 2013.

As first chapter, a brief introduction is provided with a short overview of the objectives of the report and a few details on the ESDN Conference 2013. The second chapter then introduces the concept of National SD Strategies and gives an extensive background on the notions behind them, especially by exploring what NSDSs represent and their characteristics, by describing their historical development and their relationship with the new framework of Rio+20, and by providing a European perspective and the new context of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The third chapter describes in detail the stock-tacking analysis of European NSDSs. In particular, it investigates the status quo and recent developments in the following aspects of the NSDS processes: 1) Basic information about SD strategies; 2) Mechanisms of vertical integration; 3) Mechanisms of horizontal integration; 4) Evaluation and review; 5) Indicators and monitoring; and, 6) Participation. The information collected for individual countries is based on the information provided in the respective country profiles on the ESDN homepage. In addition, the 2010 September ESDN Quarterly Report - compiled for a similar stock-tacking exercise concerning National Sustainable Development Strategies in Europe in 2010 – has been also used as main reference for this new analysis, including the interviews with national SD coordinators that have been undertaken for the Quarterly Report in the summer 2010. Finally, the fourth chapter presents the main results and reflections from the ESDN Conference 2013 for further discussion.

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