4th ESDN Youth Event - 25-28 October

ESDN Youth Event will take place on 25-28 October 2023 in Berlin. Under the title “How can Europe shape a sustainable world?”, the event will deal with the topic of spillover effects, Europe’s responsibility for them and policies to address such effects. Around 40 UN Youth Delegates and Representatives, as well as 10 young ESDN civil servants, from almost 20 European countries plan to attend the event. ESDN Executive Committee and Advisory Board members Daniel Dubas, Marguy Kohnen, László Borbély, and Peter Iwaniewicz will share their experience with the youth.

The event will serve as a platform for European youth, ESDN members and experts on the topic of spillover effects to exchange ideas and experience, to learn how different European countries are dealing with the topic and to network. On 25th October, Youth Delegates will have a chance to learn more about spillovers effects and Europe’s responsibility from experts such as Sven Kaumanns from Federal Statistical Office of Germany, Marianne Beisheim from German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Germany), Christiane Rohleder. On the following days, the Youth Delegates will be joined by ESDN civil servants and experts such as Marc-Oliver Pahl, German Council for Sustainable Development, and discuss how such effects are addressed and what further steps need to be taken.

  8th ESDN Peer Learning Platform: 09 - 10 November 2023

"Spillover Effects in the Context of SDG Implementation"

The 8th ESDN Peer Learning Platform and Visit will be held this year in Bern, Switzerland on 09 – 10 November! The topic of this year’s Peer Learning Platform and Visit is “Spillover Effects in the Context of SDG Implementation” and is being organized together with the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE), the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and with foraus – Swiss participatory Think Tank on Foreign Policy.

The Peer Learning Platform will kick off on 09 November with an opening event that is being organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and foraus – Swiss participatory Think Tank on Foreign Policy in the morning. This Opening Event will discuss challenges and objectives in addressing spillover effects in the context of sustainable development in Switzerland. The opening event will offer a rare opportunity to receive in-depth knowledge about the Swiss experience in handling spillover effects, exchange best practices, and participate in the ongoing debate.

Day 1 of the Peer Learning Platform will begin in the afternoon on 09 November and will focus on “Understanding Spillover Effects and their Relation to SDG Implementation”. There will be a mixture of presentations and interactive group work, which will focus on spillover effects in different policy areas. Day 1 will culminate in a Peer Learning Visit with the Swiss 2030 Agenda Advisory Group, which will share experiences on how experts and stakeholders can support policymaking.

Day 2 of the Peer Learning Platform will begin in the morning on 10 November. The focus of the day will be on “Strategic Governance Measures to Address Spillover Effects”, where we will hear how countries are dealing with this issue. This will be followed by more interactive exchanges that will seek to discuss and address spillover effects in public policymaking.

This event is open to European civil servants and takes place under the Chatham House Rules. 


The European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) is a network of public administrators and other experts dealing with sustainable development (SD) in Europe.


The ESDN has been bringing together European policymakers and public servants in the field of sustainable development since 2002. Over the course of the Network's history, it has expanded to include more policymakers, scientists and practitioners from all over Europe.


The ESDN subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development and the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Sustainable Development satisfies the needs of  the present without compromising those of future generations. It strives to achieve a balance between economic, social and ecological aspects.


As a Network of public servants and policymakers, the ESDN facilitates an active exchange of ideas and best practices to make sustainable development strategies more effective.

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