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. 

ESDN Workshop Photo Albums
4th ESDN Youth Event

The ESDN Youth Event will take place on 25-28 October 2023 in Berlin. Under the title “How can Europe shape a sustainable world?”, the event will deal with the topic of spillover effects, Europe’s responsibility for them and policies to address such effects. Around 40 UN Youth Delegates and Representatives, as well as 10 young ESDN civil servants, from almost 20 European countries plan to attend the event. ESDN Executive Committee and Advisory Board members Daniel Dubas, Marguy Kohnen, László Borbély, and Peter Iwaniewicz will share their experience with the youth.

The event will serve 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 25th October, Youth Delegates will have a chance to learn more about spillovers effects and Europe’s responsibility from experts such as Sven Kaumanns from Federal Statistical Office of Germany, Marianne Beisheim from German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Germany), Christiane Rohleder. On the following days, the Youth Delegates will be joined by ESDN civil servants and experts such as Marc-Oliver Pahl, German Council for Sustainable Development, and discuss how such effects are addressed and what further steps need to be taken. 

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

Information on the next ESDN Workshop

Please stayed tuned over the next months for more information about the ESDN Workshop 2024!