"Fostering Urban Sustainable Development: Potentials and Challenges for National and European Policy"

28 January 2014, Brussels, Belgium

The 10th ESDN Workshop, entitled “Fostering Urban Sustainable Development: Potentials and Challenges for National and European Policy”, took place in Brussels on 28 January 2014. The workshop was organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. In total, 58 participants from 9 European countries attended the workshop.  

The workshop facilitated an international exchange on overarching strategic policy initiatives on urban sustainable development at the UN, EU, Member State and sub-national level, covering environmental issues, regional development, economic and social policy fields. Accordingly, the workshop aimed to foster the exchange between experts to intensify co-operations and alliances between EU, national and local policies for urban SD.


Keynote presentations
Opening and Orientation

Urban sustainable development: important policy topics, visions of sustainable cities, and multi-level governance challenges

Janette Webb: Professor at the Institute of Governance, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Session 1: Urban sustainable development – city networks and their approaches, structures and governance needs

Covenant of Mayors – local implementation of sustainable energy policies

Adam Szolyak: Policy Officer - Local Energy Actions and Retail Energy Markets Development, Unit Internal Market III, DG Energy, European Commission, Belgium

Council of European Municipalities and Cities (CEMR) – sustainable development in five thematic areas

Angelika Poth-Mögele: Director of Policy at the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), Belgium

Eurocities – integrated approaches on the economy, environment and society axis

Michael Klinkenberg: Policy Advisor on Environment Policy, Energy and Climate, Eurocities, Belgium

ICLEI Europe – local governments’ action for sustainability

Stefan Kuhn: Deputy Regional Director, ICLEI, Germany

Dialogue “Sustainable City” in Germany– strategic cornerstones for sustainable development in municipalities

Teresa Dorfner: German Council for Sustainable Development, facilitator of Dialogue “Sustainable City”, Germany

Session 2: Global and European frameworks for urban sustainable development

Global Task force of Local and Regional Governments for post-2015 development agenda towards Habitat III

Frédéric Vallier: Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions(CEMR), member of Global Task force, Belgium

European Innovation Partnership Smart Cities and Communities: priority areas and governance set-up

Paul Timmers: Director, Sustainable and Secure Society, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission, Belgium

Policy strategies and support for cities by DG Environment

Robert Donkers: Coordinator Urban Environment Policy, Unit ‘Knowledge, Risks & Urban Environment’, DG Environment, European Commission, Belgium

Cohesion policy and urban development activities of DG Regional and Urban Policy

Corinne Hermant-de Callatay: Policy Analyst, Unit Competence Centre Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, Belgium

Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) – a toolkit for an integrated approach

Delphine Gaudart: EU Coordinator for Urban Planning, Ministry of Territorial Equality and Housing, France