22nd ESDN Workshop will take place on 26-27 March 2024 in Montenegro!

The ESDN is happy to announce the 22nd ESDN Workshop will take place on 26-27 March 2024 in Montenegro! The topic will be “Governance Transformations for More Effective SDG Implementation”. The Workshop is organized in cooperation with Government of Montenegro and UNDP Montenegro. We kindly ask you to save-the-date in your calendars!
Day 1 of the Workshop will kick off on the 26th of March and will focus on what some Western Balkan countries have been doing regarding implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on institutional mechanisms and frameworks. This will be complemented by keynote presentations of good practices from around Europe on governance mechanisms and experiences in implementation. In typical ESDN Workshop fashion, participants will also be able to work in interactive groups to further exchange on the keynote presentations, their own experiences with implementation, and further learn from, and discuss with, one another.
Day 2 of the Workshop will begin on the 27th of March and will focus on governing transformations towards sustainability and focus on deriving answers to the question of what is needed to be fit for the future. The Workshop will then culminate in a final interactive exchange that will focus on participants developing a toolbox for effective SDG governance for the future.

More information, including a Workshop agenda, will be released in a couple weeks.

ESDN Conference 2024 will be taking place in Brussels, Belgium on 05-06 June 2024

The ESDN is happy to announce that the ESDN Conference 2024 will be taking place in Brussels, Belgium on 05-06 June 2024! The title of this year’s Conference is “Upgrading Europe: Building Transformative Policies to Reach the Sustainable Development Goals”. The ESDN is organizing the Conference in cooperation with the Belgian Federal Institute for Sustainable Development and the European Economic and Social Committee. The Conference will be an official event of Belgium’s EU Council Presidency.  

As we find ourselves just over the halfway point to reaching the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, with only six more years left, the ESDN and co-organizers will focus this year’s Conference on transformative policies. The Global Sustainable Development Reports (2019 and 2023) have identified the entry points to transformational change. The purpose of this Conference is to learn more about transformations and how to bring them about, as well as learn from good practice cases from national governments, local governments, the business sector, academia, and science. The Conference will offer ample opportunities for discussions, networking, and information exchanges with colleagues from all parts of Europe.

A draft of the Conference agenda will be made available in a few weeks!


Stay tuned in early 2024 to find out more about what the ESDN is planning!


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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