A look at the history of the ESDN reveals that ESDN Workshops have played a prominent role in facilitating networking between European SD practitioners and policy advisors. 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:
“Monitoring and reviewing sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Europe: current debates in EU Member States and on the European level”
The 12th ESDN Workshop, “Monitoring and reviewing sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Europe: current debates in EU Member States and on the European level”, took place in Brussels on 16 June 2015. In total, 75 participants from 18 countries took part in the event. The workshop was organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The background of the workshop topic is related to current debates and activities on sustainable development:
- There is an ongoing and very lively debate about future aspects of the post-2015 debate and the SDGs (i.e. ‘zero draft’ proposal, UN Secretary-General’s synthesis report);
- In continuation of the work done in the ESDN 2014 Conference, which focused on the impact of the SDGs process on the European SD governance framework and on EU Member States, the 12th ESDN workshop will develop further those discussions with a fuller consideration of those aspects related to SDGs monitoring and reviewing processes in Europe, particularly in the EU Member States;
- A lively debate is on-going in EU Member States on SDGs, with particular attention to SDG monitoring and review processes that would most probably intervene on processes of national SD objectives and targets as well as national monitoring processes.
Based on this background, the workshop aimed at
- Responding to a number of pressing questions for European countries:
- Which national challenges have already been identified, tackled, and solved?
- Which mechanisms have already been realized, foreseen, or debated?
- Which risks, opportunities and barriers have been acknowledged?
- Which fields for bilateral or European cooperation on these topics are of interest?
- Providing recommendations for national and EU policy-makers on issues related to SDGs monitoring and review processes particularly relevant in terms of governance for SD, such as the interaction and coherence between the various levels or the SDGs translation from the global level to the regional (EU), national and subnational level;
- Exploring concepts and ways for practical implementation of SDGs monitoring and review processes at European and national levels;
- Reflecting on ideas and practical experiences among European countries
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Current work on objectives and indicator development
Matthias Reister: UN Statistics Division (UNSD)
Two ‘flash inputs’: Data revolution report of SDSN & input to SDGs development
Maria Cortés Puch: Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Eurostat’s contribution to the SDGs development and future work on SD monitoring in Europe
Fritz Gebhard: Eurostat
What is needed to set up an effective monitoring and reviewing system for SDGs?
National SD monitoring and reviewing processes and their potential link to SDGs: Experiences and outlook from European countries
SDG-monitoring: relevance of concepts and systems worldwide, specific challenges for developing countries and approaches for cooperation and support
Ingolf Dietrich: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
SD monitoring and reviewing in non-European countries: opportunities and challenges in the context of the SDGs
European Union’s perspective: monitoring, accountability and review for the post-2015 agenda?
Three national perspectives: How can SDGs monitoring and reviewing influence National SD Strategies?