Since 2007, the ESDN has been organizing thematic Workshops in order to facilitate informal exchange of standpoints and experiences between ESDN Members. This section of the website provides a one-stop-shop documentation of all ESDN Workshops so far. Please click on one of the Workshops for more details. Some photo albums can also be found below. 

Information on the next ESDN Workshop

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.

4th ESDN Youth Event

The ESDN Youth Event 2023 took place in Berlin on 25-28 October. Under the title “How can Europe shape a sustainable world?”, the event dealt with the topic of spillover effects, Europe’s responsibility for them and policies to address such effects. 41 Youth Delegates and Representatives from 21 European countries attended the event. For the first time this year, young ESDN civil servants were also invited to take part, and as a result, 9 young civil servants from 6 countries attended the ESDN Youth Event. Senior ESDN members also actively participated: ESDN President Daniel Dubas and ESDN Vice-President Marguy Kohnen gave welcoming remarks; Katrin Kowalczyk and Frank Hönerbach from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) hosted the event and Peter Iwaniewicz from the Austrian Ministry of Climate Action and Energy gave a presentation on youth participation in Austria.

The event served as a platform for European youth, ESDN members and experts on the topic of spillover effects to exchange ideas and experience, to learn how different European countries are dealing with the topic and to network. On the first day, Youth Delegates had a chance to learn more about spillovers from experts and to exchange their thoughts on the topic in small working groups. After listening to more input from the experts and hearing about experience of the ESDN civil servants on the second day, the Youth Delegates presented the results of their discussions. The topics that concerned the young people the most were climate justice and triple planetary criss, fast fashion, transformative system change and climate migration. Beside the official parts of the event, the participants also had a chance to socialise during several dinners and a guided tour to Klima_X exhibition in the Museum of Communication. 

One of the highlights of the event for young people was a decision to formally include them in the ESDN Advisory Board. Several representatives of the ESDN Youth will be invited to attend Advisory Board meetings starting from 2024. The representatives will take part in the discussions and present views of the young people.

Information on the 21st ESDN Workshop

The 21st ESDN Workshop took place in Vienna, Austria on 22-23 May 2023! The ESDN organized 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 was slightly different regarding the topics, as we had two different topics for the Workshop (one topic on the 22nd and the other topic on the 23rd). The Workshop is scheduled began in the afternoon on 22 May, where the topic was “Culture and Sustainable Development”. The following day, 23 May, began in the morning on the topic of “SDG Implementation in Policymaking – Approaches in SDG Budgeting, Mainstreaming, and Performance Management”.

PowerPoint presentations from the Workshop speakers can be found below. A photo album from the Workshop can also be found above. Photo credits belong to: BMK/Viktoria Miess. 

Keynote Presentations 21st ESDN Workshop
Culture and Sustainable Development

Workshop Day 1 22 May

Culture, Art, and Sustainability: Opportunities and Mutual Inspiration, Including the Project “17 Museums x 17 SDGs"

Bettina Leidl, Director of Museums Quartier Vienna, and President of ICOM, Austria

Culture for Sustainability as a Transversal Instrument for Agenda 2030 and NSDS Implementation

Anna Bombonato, Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security, Italy

Theater and Cultural Models for Sustainability

László Borbély, ESDN Vice President, Prime Minister’s Office – Department for Sustainable Development, Romania

SDGs and Different Sustainability Cultures

Dorine van Norren, Van Vollenhoven institute of Law Governance and Society (and strategic advisor at the MFA), Netherlands

Session 1: Experiences in Policymaking on SDG Implementation

Workshop Day 2 23 May

European Experiences on Policy Coordination for the SDGs

Carina Lindberg  & Anna Piccinni, OECD, France 

EU Commission: Mainstreaming Green, Biodiversity, Gender, and Digital Contributions of the EU’s Budget

Benedikt Gamillscheg, European Commission Directorate-General – Budget, Belgium

Halfway to 2030 – What do policymakers still need to do until 2030?

Bernhard Zlanabitnig, European Environmental Bureau and SDG Watch Europe, Austria

Exchange Spaces: Practical Experiences and Good Practices in Effective SDG Implementation with Different Mechanisms

Table 1: North Rhine Westphalia: SDG Budgeting

Dorothea Schostok, Ministry of the Environment, Nature and Transport of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany  

Table 2: Netherlands - Integrating Well-Being Indicators into Budgets and Policy Cycles

Sjors van Wickeren & Jessica de Vlieger, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands Chantal Blom, Statistics Netherlands, Netherlands

Table 3: Luxembourg – Sustainability Check

Jimmy Skenderovic Sébastien Kieffer, Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, Luxembourg

Table 4: Youth-proofing Policies through the Intergenerational Test(s)

Miriam Egger Marvin Huber, ESDN Youth Delegate, Austria Victoria Savova, ESDN Youth Delegate, Bulgaria Lara Bertemes, ESDN Youth Delegate, Luxembourg Michal Salini, ESDN Youth Delegate, Slovakia

Table 5: Mainstreaming SDGs in Regulatory Impact Assessments

Luminița Bălălău, ESDN Advisory Board Member, Prime Minister’s Office – Department of Sustainable Development, Romania

Table 6: Austria – Performance Management: Outcome Orientation and the Sustainable Development Goals

Lukas Kastner, Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service, and Sport, Austria

Table 7: Hungary – Output Orientation and Performance Management and the EU Voluntary Review

Gábor Bartus, National Council for Sustainable Development, Hungary Fee Kirsch, European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network, Netherlands