"Developing the ESDN Peer Learning Approach to Support the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD and the SDGs"

14 June 2016, Berlin, Germany

The 14th ESDN WorkshopDeveloping the ESDN peer learning approach to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD and the SDGs: Experiences and needs for peer learning and peer review processes” took place in Berlin on 14 June 2016, in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

In the context of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 14th ESDN Workshop focused on the topic of peer learning applied to policy-making for SD. The ESDN is aiming to establish a peer learning mechanism for national policy-makers to support national policy-makers in their challenging job of implementing the 2030 Agenda for SD. One important cornerstone of this mechanism will be the yearly ESDN Peer Learning Platform (the first one in autumn 2016) that will offer policy-makers from all European countries, experts and selected stakeholders the chance to exchange experiences and learn from implementation practice. The key objectives of the workshop were therefore to:

  • develop, together with the workshop participants, the ESDN peer learning approach, based on experiences on peer learning and peer review in individual countries (e.g. Germany), and drawing also on European practices and examples from international institutions (e.g. OECD, UN);
  • provide the opportunity to exchange and discuss the needs of national policy-making with regards to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD, and to share experiences and perspectives on how to design policies and processes, and how to link them to national sustainable development strategies.


Keynote presentations
Opening and Orientation

Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe: cooperation between the EU and the national levels in the implementation process

François Wakenhut: Head of Unit F.1 Resource Efficiency & Economic Analysis, DG Environment, European Commission, Belgium

Session 1: Defining Peer Learning and Peer Reviews: Concepts and Approaches

Overview of Peer Learning and Peer Review approaches: mapping the landscape

Umberto Pisano: ESDN Office – Institute for Managing Sustainability at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Benefits of Peer Learning/Peer Review as a governance mechanism for policy implementation

Ingeborg Niestroy: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Belgium

Session 2: National and International Examples of Peer Reviews and Peer Learning

Panel Discussion ‘UN experiences with Peer Reviews and Peer Learning in the context of the 2030 Agenda for SD: reflections towards the National Reviews at the UN High Level Political Forum

Wondwosen Asnake: UNEP - Regional Office for Europe, Switzerland

Antoine Nunes: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe - UNECE, Switzerland

Annika Lindblom: Ministry of the Environment, Finland

Doris Angst: Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE), Switzerland

OECD Peer Reviews: a framework to compare experiences and “best practices” for Peer Learning

Ebba Dohlman: Office of the Secretary-General, Policy Coherence for SD - OECD, France

‘The German NSDS Peer Review process’: lessons for Peer Learning

Günther Bachmann: German Council for Sustainable Development

Session 3: Developing the ESDN peer learning approach