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Governance for Sustainable Development

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, the con­cept of gov­ernance ad­dresses how policy de­cisions are developed and im­ple­men­ted. Thus, it is not only about net­works and par­ti­cip­a­tion, but about how gov­ern­ments and pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tions func­tion and how their re­la­tions with the private sector and civil so­ci­ety change over time. Gov­ernance in the con­text of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment primar­ily in­volves the in­teg­ra­tion of eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vir­on­mental policies (ho­ri­zontal in­teg­ra­tion), the in­teg­ra­tion of short- and long-term time scales (in­tergen­er­a­tional equity) and the in­volve­ment of stake­hold­ers in de­cision mak­ing (par­ti­cip­a­tion). These chal­lenges and the chan­ging re­la­tions between states, busi­nesses and civil so­ci­ety are at the centre of our work.