21st ESDN Workshop: 22 - 23 May 2023

"Culture and Sustainable Development" & "SDG Implementation in Policymaking – Approaches in SDG Budgeting, Mainstreaming, and Performance Management"

The 21st ESDN Workshop will be taking place in Vienna, Austria on 22-23 May 2023! The ESDN is organizing the Workshop in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service, and Sport, as well as the Federal Chancellery.

This year’s Workshop will be slightly different regarding the topics, as we will be having two different topics for the Workshop (one topic on the 22nd and the other topic on the 23rd). The Workshop is scheduled to begin in the afternoon on 22 May, where the topic will be “Culture and Sustainable Development”. This is a topic the ESDN has not yet covered, and we are looking forward to interesting presentations. Please note that there will also be a dinner following the afternoon program. The following day, 23 May, will begin in the morning on the topic of “SDG Implementation in Policymaking – Approaches in SDG Budgeting, Mainstreaming, and Performance Management”. This will be an all-day event.

The ESDN hopes you will be able to attend the Workshop and continue to celebrate 20 years of ESDN with us! We look forward to seeing many of you in Vienna next month! On 22 May, we will hear how different cultural institutions and countries are dealing with the SDGs through the culture lens. On 23 May, the focus will shift, and we will have keynote speakers offer the Workshop framing on SDG implementation in policymaking, looking at the different approaches that can be used in performance management. This will be followed by the Exchange Spaces, which are a mainstay of the ESDN. The Exchange Spaces will allow participants to visit up to three different ‘Spaces’ to hear from different colleagues on “Practical Experiences and Good Practices in Effective SDG Implementation with Different Approaches”.

A Workshop draft agenda can be found under the events menu under Workshops


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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