ESDN Conference 2016

“Vertical integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD: Addressing the role of sub-national and local levels”

Bern 10 - 11 November 2016

The ESDN Conference 2016 took place in Bern (Switzerland) on 10-11 November 2016, in cooperation with the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE). The conference was a 1.5 days event and brought together policy-makers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe. A total of 80 participants from 19 countries took part in the conference.

The ESDN Conference 2016 was entitled “Vertical integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD: Addressing the role of sub-national and local levels”. The implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs will require action and efforts at all political levels and also cooperation between the different levels. The conference thus provided an excellent chance to take stock of the current 2030 Agenda/SDGs implementation experiences in general and in the different European countries, and to in-depth discuss the role of and activities on the sub-national and local levels in the 2030 Agenda/SDG implementation.

Keynote presentations
Session 1: Current status of 2030 Agenda and SDGs activities atthe UN level

Follow-up activities on the 2030 Agenda and High Level Political Forum on SD outcomes

Thomas Gass: Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs,UNDESA

Session 2: National activities for implementing the 2030 Agenda and SDGs–update, future plans and vertical integration efforts

Overview of SDG implementation and review activities at the regional level

Monika Linn: Principal Adviser & Chief, Sustainable Development and Gender Unit, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Activities and plans on how to implement the 2030 Agenda at the national level, incl. role of sub-national levels in the implementation efforts

Vanessa Lorioux: Ministry for Ecology, Energy and the Sea, France

Annika Lindblom: Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development, Finland

Jörg Mayer-Ries: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Alessandro Galli: Ministry for Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro

Till Berger: Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE, Switzerland

Herman Bavinck: Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands

Session 3: Role and activities of the sub-national levels in the 2030 Agenda and SDGs implementation
Session 4: Vertical integration and cooperation between different political levels

Practical examples of vertical integration, cooperation and interaction between political levels in selected SD policy sectors

Austria: Sustainable Event Management

Wolfram Tertschnig: ESDN Co-chair, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria

Germany: Sustainable Procurement

Ilse Beneke: Federal Ministry for Internal Affairs, Germany

Session 5: Fostering vertical integration in the 2030 Agenda/SDGs implementation in different contexts