ESDN Conference 2021

“European Recovery and Resilience Mechanisms - Challenges in systemic approaches in SD”

Virtual, 30 November - 01 December 2021

The Conference was organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia and the SLOGA Platform and took place during Slovenia's EU Presidency and was an official EU Presidency event. The Conference brought together sustainable development policymakers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe.

The title of the Conference was “European Recovery and Resilience Mechanisms - Challenges in systemic approaches in SD” and focused on many topics relating to recovery and resilience, such as social, environmental, economic, financial and policy resilience, as well as themes important for sustainable development. The Conference saw keynote presentations from the European level and national level, as well as inputs from Youth Representatives, who presented their Youth Manifesto from the ESDN Youth Workshop. The Conference also featured 9 Exchange Spaces, which allowed Conference participants to hear a myriad of topics from climate adaptation, to technology, to governance and policy coherence, to name a few. The interaction during the Conference took place in these 9 Exchange Spaces, in which participants were able to listen in and discuss on three of the nine topics.

Keynote presentations
Session 1: Resilience and Building Forward Better – The European Perspective

EU Resilience and Recovery / Building Forward Better Mechanisms for Sustainable Development  - keynote address

Magdalena Morgese Borys, Head of Unit in SG.RECOVER.A1, European Commission, Belgium

Resilience in the process of the Conference on the Future of Europe

Jure Vršnak, Deputy Director-General, Directorate for EU Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia

Putting the European Green Deal to work: the governance challenge in systemic transitions - keynote address

Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency, Denmark

Enhancing Resilience and Building a Coherent Response for a Sustainable Post-Covid-19 Recovery in Europe from a Global Perspective

Žiga Žarnič, OECD, France

Session 2: Aspects of Resilience for Sustainable Development in practice

Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development – Practices in some Member States

Leida Rijnhout, Consultant, SLOGA, Slovenia with a small contribution from Louis Meuleman, Public Strategy for Sustainable Development, Belgium

Integrating the SDGs into National Recovery and Resilience Plans

Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga, Portugal

ESDN Youth Workshop Manifesto

Lara Schummer, UN Youth Delegate for Luxembourg, Luxembourg &  Daniel Samuelsson, UN Youth Delegate for the High Level Political Forum, Sweden

Session 3: Panel Discussion on Fostering Resilience in Sustainable Development Policy-Making - Integrating Perspectives

Environmental and Ecological Resilience

Marie-Luise Abshagen, German NGO Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development, Germany

Societal Resilience

Heather Grabbe, Open Society Foundations, Belgium

Economic Resilience

Sami Pirkkala, ESDN Vice President, Prime Minister’s Office, Finland

Financial Resilience

Simon Savsek, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

Policy Resilience

László Borbély, Prime Minister's Office - Department of Sustainable Development, Romania

Session 4: Exchange Spaces on Resilience and National Level Good Practices on Recovery

Topic 1: Climate Adaptation 

Angelika Tamásová, European Environment Agency, Demark

Topic 2: R&I for a Green Recovery

Ionuț Purică, Prime Minister's Office - Department of Sustainable Development, Romania

Topic 3: Digitalization Supporting Transformations

Wolfgang Ebner, Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, Austria

Topic 4: Circular Economy

Marjana Dermelj, Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, Slovenia

Topic 5: Governance for Sustainable Development

Annika Lindblom, ESDN President, Ministry of the Environment, Finland

Topic 6: Transformative Education for Sustainable Development

Natalia Kouhartsiouk, Bridge 47 Network and Slovenian Global Action (SLOGA), Slovenia

Topic 7: Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development: Lessons learned

Leida Rijnhout, Consultant, SLOGA, Slovenia  &  Albin Keuc, SLOGA, Slovenia

Topic 8: Wellbeing Economy/Economy within Planetary boundaries

Mike Asquith, European Environment Agency, Denmark & Pantelis Marinakis, European Environment Agency, Denmark

Topic 9: Technological Innovations for the Sustainability Transitions from COP26 Perspective

Darja Piciga, Independent Expert in Sustainable Development, Slovenia Jernej Stritih, Stritih Sustainable Development, Slovenia