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ESDN Conference: "Stakeholder-Policy Cooperation in the Age of the SDGs"

The European Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Net­work (ESDN) Con­fer­ence 2018 was held on 1-2 Oc­to­ber 2018 in Vi­enna as an of­fi­cial event of the Aus­trian EU Pres­id­ency. The In­sti­tute for Man­aging Sus­tain­ab­il­ity at WU Wien, which man­ages the ESDN Of­fice, was re­spons­ible for the con­tent design and or­gan­iz­a­tion of the con­fer­ence. A total of 120 par­ti­cipants from 27 coun­tries at­ten­ded the con­fer­ence with the topic "Stake­hold­er­-­Policy Co­oper­a­tion in the Age of the SDGs: What new ap­proaches are re­quired to be suc­cess­ful?".

The par­ti­cipants were rep­res­ent­at­ives of na­tional and sub­-n­a­tional gov­ern­ment min­is­tries, aca­demia, the busi­ness sector, in­ter­na­tional or­gan­iz­a­tions, and NGOs. The par­ti­cipants dis­cussed at the event vari­ous con­cepts and prac­tical ex­per­i­ences in the co­oper­a­tion between policy and stake­hold­ers in im­ple­ment­a­tion pro­cesses for the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment and the 17 Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs). André Martinuzzi, head of the In­sti­tute for Man­aging Sus­tain­ab­il­ity, held a key­note present­a­tion about the most im­port­ant ap­proaches and ex­per­i­ences in the co­oper­a­tion between poli­cy­makers and stake­hold­ers in the 2030 Agenda /SDG im­ple­ment­a­tion.

The con­fer­ence iden­ti­fied several cru­cial aspects for the suc­cess­ful co­oper­a­tion, in­clud­ing, for in­stance, clear struc­tures, defin­i­tion of re­spons­ib­il­it­ies, trans­par­ency, trust, clear man­age­ment of goals and ex­pect­a­tions, etc. The par­ti­cipants agreed that the im­ple­ment­a­tion of a com­plex and global policy strategy like the 2030 Agenda and SDGs can only be achieved by in­clud­ing all stake­hold­ers. In ad­di­tion, it be­came clear that an ef­fect­ive co­oper­a­tion, which re­veals dif­fer­ent ap­proaches and con­flicts, and uses them pro­act­ively, will be a de­cis­ive suc­cess factor.

You can find more in­form­a­tion about event here.

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