Calendar of Events

  • 30-31 October, Helsinki, Finland: ESDN annual conference (Louis and Ingeborg speaking)
  • 8-18 July, New York: High Level Political Forum on the SDGs (Ingeborg speaking on 8th, Louis on 15th)
  • 24-26 June, Baku, Azerbaijan: UN Public Service Forum (Louis moderating & speaking)
  • 14 June, Geneva, Switzerland: Good governance seminar, Office UN High Commissioner Human Rights (Louis speaking)
  • 27-29 May, Rome, Italy: UN Conference on SDG 16 implementation (Louis speaking)
  • 7 May, Druskininkai, Lithuania: Conference on SDGs at local level, EU Committee of the  Regions (Ingeborg speaking)
  • 25 April, Zagreb: ESF networks seminar – presentation Metagov. for Sustainability book (Louis speaking)
  • 24 April, Zagreb: Institute of Public Finance – presentation Metagov. for Sustainability book (Louis speaking)
  • 10 April, Bucharest: Informal Council Working Party of the EU on the SDGs – presentation EP study (Ingeborg speaking)
  • 8-12 April, New York: Annual session of the UN Cie. of Experts on Public Administration (Louis speaking/chairing)

News & Events

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UN CEPA session New York 8-12 April

The annual session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) took place from 8-12 April at the UN Head Quarters in New York. As CEPA member and member of the Bureau (currently Rapporteur), Louis is involved in programming, preparing and chairing sessions. […]

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Senior Fellow at IASS Potsdam

On 15 February 2019, Ingeborg started as senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany.

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Full member Club of Rome

Louis was elected a full member of the Club of Rome – EU Chapter. The Club of Rome EU-Chapter (CoR-EU) aims to build bridges between […]

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Metagovernance and the SDGs

Club of Rome EU-Chapter

The Club of Rome EU-Chapter organised on 7 November in Brussels a ‘Conversation Table’ with an introduction by Louis on his book ‘Metagovernance for […]

Governance & Metagovernance

Book launch event 17 Oct 2018

The Centre for European Policy Studies and the University of Leuven organised a book launch event on Louis’ new book ‘Metagovernance for Sustainability’ in Brussels on 17.10.2018. Geert Bouckaert moderated an expert & practitioners’ panel with Daniel Calleja Crespo, Saïd El Khadraoui, Andrea Renda, David Le Blanc, Ingeborg Niestroy, Ebba Dohlman, Roeland in ‘t Veld, Daniele Dotto and Karl Falkenberg, for around 100 participants. […]

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SD & Transformation – Workshop Freiburg

Ingeborg and Louis were invited speakers at the Workshop “Nachhaltige Entwicklung: Ein neuer, globaler Transformationstypus?” at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, on 26 & 27 […]

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SD research agenda in Kassel

On 19th September 2018, Louis spoke at the Agenda conference ‘Social-ecologic sustainability research’  in Kassel, Germany, about policy coherence for sustainable development. The conference […]

Implementation of the SDGs

VNR-LAB in New York

On 17th July 2018, Louis was discussant at one of the new VNR (Voluntary National Review) LABs organised by UN DESA during the High […]

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Transformative Designs for Sustainability

Ingeborg participated 18-20 June 2018 in a “Transformation Lab” on  Transformative Designs for Sustainability: Facilitating Mindshifts and Collective Action for Anthropocene-Prosperity, conceptualised by the Collective Leadership Institute […]

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Vice-chair of CEPA

[April 2018] At the 17th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration at the UN HQ in New York, Louis was […]

Implementation of the SDGs

17th Session of CEPA in New York

[April 2018] From 23-27 April 2018, Louis participated as member at the 17th annual session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration in […]

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SDGs at the CEPS Ideas Lab

[Febr 2018] On 22 February 2018 at the CEPS Ideas Lab, Ingeborg moderated a panel discussion on SDG implementation in and by the EU, framed […]

Impact Assessment

Lecturing in Lille (2017-18)

[Oct 2017] Ingeborg teaches a master course on EU food policy at the Catholic University of Lille, starting in October 2017. A number of […]

News & Events

Policy Coordinator for ECOLISE

In 2017, Ingeborg worked part-time as policy coordinator for ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability. She worked on […]

New Publications

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What makes effective governance?

How does one know when countries have implemented good governance? Although a cornerstone of all developmental efforts and the sine qua non of sustainability, […]

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Contribution to 2019 HLPF

UN CEPA submitted a contribution to the July 2019 High-level Political Forum in the SDGs, stating among others that public institutions are not ready […]

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New review of ‘Metagovernance for Sustainability’

“General knowledge of the importance of the term metagovernance is relatively limited. Therefore, the recent publication by Louis Meuleman “Metagovernance for Sustainability” can be a significant contribution to a better general understanding of this concept.(…) This book in a very impressive and reasoned way presents the importance and complexity of metagovernance”. […]

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Metagovernance as full SDGs toolbox

Louis published a guest article at IISD.org as short introduction to the book Metagovernance for Sustainability. It argues that successful decision makers do not […]

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Let’s think beyond PPPs

The ‘Global Goals Yearbook 2018’ contains a short article by Louis on thinking beyond public-private partnerships for the SDGs. The article is based on […]

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Governance & Metagovernance

First reviews of “Metagovernance for Sustainability”

“This is both a theoretical masterpiece and practical handbook” (Bob Jessop). “This is a ‘metabook’ which will inspire and guide all those responsible for and studying the SDGs” (Geert Bouckaert). “This book will become the core text in this area” (Paul Jackson). “This book is an important read for every practitioner from developing and developed countries alike” (Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi). “A book that is a must for those who strive for enhanced professionalism in governance for sustainable development” (Roel in ‘t Veld). “What makes this book a must-read is the emphasis on how to get to differentiated governance for the SDGs” (Guenther Bachmann). […]

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Implementation of the SDGs

Principles for effective governance

Louis co-authored a Guest article with an overview of 11 useful principles for the SDGs with examples of concrete strategies. Compiled by the Committee […]

Publications

Interview in Unesco Courier

[April 2017] Louis was interviewed in the latest edition of the UNESCO Courier (April-June 2017) on the article authored with Ingeborg Niestroy and Jan Gustav Strandenaes […]

About us

About us

What is PS4SD?

Public Strategy for Sustainable Development (PS4SD) is a think-tank and advisory network registered in 2000, based in Brussels and The Hague. PS4SD combines the […]

Tweets @LouisMeuleman and @IngeNiestroy

Governance must be centre-stage - institutions should be informed by the Principles of effective governance for sustainable development endorsed by #ECOSOC in July 2019 - Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, former Min for Public & Admin, @SAMissionNY #HLPF #SDGs long-term trends
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At #VNR Lab 14 of #HLPF2019 I asked how VNRs address official indicators that make little sense. SDG 16.6 (Public institutions) indicators measure spent money and public satisfaction and not effectiveness, accountability and inclusiveness. Reply: Not really #UNCEPA #UNDESA #SDG
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Human Rights are crucial in #SDGs governance. 5 of the 11 Principles of effective governance for sustainable development, proposed by #UNCEPA and endorsed by #UNECOSOC are about inclusiveness. Using the Principles brings HR on board in an integrated way. #HLPF2019 #OHCHR #UNDESA
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Discussed at #VNR Lab 5 of #HLPF2019 : Yes, we need mission-oriented science, technology and innovation (#STI) for implementing the #SDGs, but ALSO mission-oriented public administration reform to accelerate political demand & take-up of sustainability knowledge #UNCEPA #UNDESA https://t.co/1m1KImGXYl
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At #VNR Lab 3 of #HLPF2019, I have stressed that most public institutions lack awareness and focus to prioritize Leaving No One Behind. Using #UNCEPA's 11 Principles of effective governance for the #SDGs should result in a better balance: 5 of 11 are about inclusiveness! @UNDESA
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@BasEickhout It was Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands who had quite a different deal made at G20!!?? So - this is pleasing whom?
Yes, but with transnational lists then? https://t.co/hOuMwpVxcc
It would be a travesty if neither Vestager or Barnier got the Commission Presidency, or even Timmermans, people who’ve worked tirelessly in Europe’s interest over the past years. I’m skeptical if EU leaders could sell anything dramatically otherwise to the EP. #EUCO #EU
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@AnneWillTalk @GretaThunberg Das stimmt so nicht: Jede Reduktion von CO2-Ausstoss und Ressourcenverbrauch is positiv und nützlich. Aus der Gesamtsumme aller Einsparungen wird eine globale Temperatur berechnet (in Modellrechnungen), inkl. ob das 2 bzw. 1,5 Grad-Ziel erreicht wird. Das ist ein Kontinuum.

Blogs

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What makes effective governance?

How does one know when countries have implemented good governance? Although a cornerstone of all developmental efforts and the sine qua non of sustainability, […]

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The problem with the long term

Considering the slow pace of societal transitions, SDG implementation should have a strong long-term view. Policies triggering transitions often have a long lead time: […]