About us

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About us

Public Strategy for Sustainable Development (PS4SD) is a think-tank and advisory network registered in 2000, based in Brussels and The Hague, with associates in Berlin, London, Oslo and Leiden. PS4SD combines the expertise and experience with governance, impact assessment and stakeholder engagement of its founders Louis Meuleman and Ingeborg Niestroy and their associates. In our work we develop new solutions for the stumbling blocks that governments, civil society, science and business are facing in their attempts to move towards sustainable societies.

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News

News & Events

“European Green Deal is really ambitious”

When the European Green Deal was adopted by he European Commission on 11 December 2019, Ingeborg commented this on ‘Spiegel Online’. With the “European Green Deal”, the head of the Euopean Commission is not yet presenting a package of measures defined in every detail, but is merely drawing up the route for future EU climate policy. Even if a lot is still unclear, the direction is right, experts say: “This is a really big step,” says Ingeborg Niestroy, EU expert at the Potsdam Institute for Transformative Sustainability Research (IASS). […]

News & Events

UN CEPA: The place for institutional reform for the SDGs

UN Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin: “CEPA is the only body in the ECOSOC system dedicated to institution building in its many forms. Progress in this area is a foundation of progress on all the Sustainable Development Goals.” Louis: Feeling very honored and grateful to be able to serve as one of the  members of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration. CEPA is currently going through it’s 19th session in a virtual format – but with excellent, extremely stimulating and informed discussions, supported by a fantastic Secretariat at UN DESA. […]

Implementation of the SDGs

Agenda 2030 in CEI and its Member States

Ingeborg is currently leading a ps4sd team with Sally Nicholson and Gaetane Charlier to execute a study for the  Central European Initiative (CEI) on “Agenda 2030 in CEI and its Member States”. The study maps the mainstreaming of the SDGs in the activities of CEI and develops recommendations for the future. […]

New Publications

Publication list Ingeborg Niestroy

Contribution of CEI to UN Agenda 2030 and its implementation in CEI Member States

In the framework of the 5th anniversary of the adoption of Agenda 2030, the Central European Initiative, a collaboration of 17 countries, launched the report “Contribution of CEI to UN Agenda 2030 and its implementation in CEI Member States”, made by a Public Strategy for Sustainable Development team with Ingeborg Niestroy (lead), Sally Nicholson and Gaetane Charlier, in cooperation with the CEI-Executive Secretariat. […]

Publications

Latest book now free viewing online

Louis’ latest book “Metagovernance for Sustainability: A Framework for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals” (Routledge – 2019) is now available for free online access […]

Recent & Future Events

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Events

Future events

  • 27-28 Jan 2021Training Teaching silos to dance (European Commission)(Louis Meuleman, Ingeborg Niestroy, Andreas Versmann)(online)
  • 14 Dec 2020UNDESA Webinar on “Developing institutional capacities in digital transformation for a more inclusive and equitable recovery” (Louis Meuleman speaking)
  • 8 Dec 2020UNPOG/Korea Institute of Public Administration Forum on “Public Governance & Innovative Partnerships to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic” (Louis Meuleman discussant on innovative governance)

Recent events

  • 24 Nov 2020 – UN CEPA expert group meeting on sustainable public procurement (Louis moderator)(online)
  • 23 Nov 2020 – Keynote speech at Annual Forum of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa)(Louis Meuleman) on principles of effective governance for the SDGs (online)
  • 19 Nov 2020Training/workshop on metagovernance for Dutch public managers (NSOB, Noordwijk)(Louis Meuleman)(online)
  • 19 Nov 2020Guest lecture on Metagovernance, Leuven University (Louis Meuleman)(online)
  • 11 Nov 2020 – Internal presentation on Managing the implementation of the SDGs (European Commission)(Ingeborg Niestroy presenting)(online)
  • 6 Nov 2020 – Guest lecture on Metagovernance, Leuven University (Louis Meuleman)(online)
  • 3 Nov 2020 – UNPOG Online Training Workshop on Government Innovation for Social Inclusion of  Vulnerable Groups (Louis speaking)(online)

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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, […]

Blogs

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: […]