Conferences are the ESDN's flagship event. They take place each year on topical issues facing Europe when it comes to sustainable development. Since 2015 and the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ESDN has focused on this as a driving force behind its work in fostering exchange, peer learning, trust, and so much more to further the goal of successful implementation and fulfilment of the SDGs.
The 2023 Conference has already taken place. More information can be found below.
A photo gallery of ESDN Conferences from the past few years can also be found below, as well as an archive of all Confereces over the ESDN's long history dealing with sustainable development issues.
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!
The ESDN, together with our co-organizers, the Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordregio, are proud to share that the ESDN Conference 2023 took place on 15-16 March in Stockholm, Sweden! The title of this year’s Conference was: “Halfway to 2030 – Where does Europe stand and how does it move forward?”
This year also marks the 20-year Anniversary of ESDN! The Anniversary marked the Conference kickoff on 15 March.
The Conference was then continued bright and early on 16 March. It was an all-day event and featured many keynote discussions that provided the framing and stock taking of where Europe stands and how it will move forward until 2030 for the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. This was followed by interactive sessions that will showcase national level, subnational, and local good case examples of successes in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Participants were able to ask in-depth questions, gain insights, share their own experiences, learn, and seek advice from their peers on how to solve sustainable development challenges.
All Conference documents and PowerPoint presentations can be found below.
Wednesday, 15 March 2023
Daniel Dubas, ESDN President, Delegate of the Federal Council for the 2030 Agenda, Federal Office for Spatial Development, Switzerland
Kicking off the Conference - Topics and Goals for Tomorrow
Rolf Elmér, Director of Nordregio, Sweden
Åsa Hildestrand, Nordregio, Sweden
European Council Working Party on the 2030 Agenda – Guiding Europe to 2030
Parasto Nosrati, Ministry of Climate and Enterprise, Sweden
Viggo Barmen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
20-Year ESDN Anniversary and Ambitions of the ESDN until 2030
Marguy Kohnen, ESDN Vice President, Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, Luxembourg
Annika Lindblom, ESDN Advisory Board Member, Ministry for the Environment, Finland
Thursday, 16 March 2023
Global Sustainable Development Report - Using the science-policy interface for the SDGs
Åsa Persson, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
European Union Voluntary Review 2023
Carlos Berrozpe, European Commission – Directorate-General for International Partnerships, Belgium
Guillaume Lafortune, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, France
Micke Larsson, Government of the Åland Islands, Finland
Local Level Perspectives on Agenda 2030 Progress
Jasmin Miah, ICLEI-Europe, Germany
Civil Society Perspectives – Relaunching the 2030 Agenda
Peter Schmidt, President of the Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT) Section, European Economic and Social Committee, Belgium
Dana Novacescu, ESDN Youth Representative, Romania
Marvin Huber, ESDN Youth Representative, Austria
Domokos Peter Kovács, ESDN Youth Representative, Hungary
Table 1: Czech Republic – Communication campaign of SDGs
Pavla Cvachovcová, Ministry for the Environment
Eeva Furman, Prime Minister’s Office
Áslaug Karen Jóhannsdóttir, Ministry for Foreign Affairs – Directorate for International Affairs and Policy
Table 4: Ireland (unable to make it to the ESDN Conference)
Table 5: Slovenia – Annual Development Report and the 2030 Agenda
Špela Rotar, Ministry of Cohesion and Regional Development
Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Ministry of Social Rights and 2030 Agenda
Micke Larsson, Government of the Åland Islands, Finland
Martha Hannus, Development and Sustainability Council of Åland, Finland
Table 8: Catalonia – Catalonia Alliance 2030
Arnau Queralt Bassa,Director of the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia, Spain
Table 9: Tallinn – EU Green Capital of the Year
Krista Kampus, Tallinn City Office, Estonia
Table 10: Värmland County (unable to make it to the ESDN Conference)
Ugis Zanders, Council of the Baltic Sea States, Sweden
Lefteris Eleftheriou, Ministry of Finance
Eili Lepik, Government Office
Laura Viilup, Government Office
Francesca De Crescenzo, Ministry of Environment and Energy Security
Table 4: Latvia – Getting the most out of your VNR under conditions of limited resources
Mara Simane, State Chancellery
Table 5:Netherlands – Integrating themes of wellbeing with the SDGs
Sandra Pellegrom, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Table 6: Norway – Executive Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals
Jesper Tangenes Bæverfjord, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development
Table 7: Poland – Capacity Building Program for the Public Administration and examples of putting knowledge into practice
Agnieszka Jabłońska, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Table 8: Sweden – The delicate task of vertical and horizontal coordination of the 2030 Agenda
Cristina Mattsson Lundberg, Ministry of Climate and Enterprise
Måns Fellesson, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Heleen Voeten, Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities, Belgium
Linnéa Van Wagenen, Ljusdal Government - Unit for Strategic and Sustainable Development, Sweden