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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. […]


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. […]

News & Events

New PS4SD associate: Sally Nicholson

We welcome Sally Nicholson as associate of PS4SD. Sally has been working on sustainable development in the NGO sector for more than 30 years, based in London and Brussels. She has focussed on the integration of environmental issues in international development, most recently as Head of Development Policy and Funding for the WWF European Policy Office, and has worked extensively on the Rio processes, the Millennium Development Goals and is still working on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Sally has gained experience in working across both the environment and development sectors including on issues such as policy coherence for development and working closely with civil society actors, government and business.  […]

News & Events

Andreas Versmann – Associate

Andreas Versmann is a Berlin-based expert in environmental law, governance and capacity building measures and events. He  is an independent policy adviser in environmental law and governance, with profound experience in transition management towards a low carbon and circular economy. He provides guidance in multi-stakeholder policy-making and creating innovative partnerships. He is well-versed in managing conferences, hearings, workshops governmental and non-governmental stakeholders as well as an excellent moderator. […]

News & Events

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. […]

News & Events

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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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. […]

New Publications

Implementation of the SDGs

Main points of blog re-published by IISD

Under the title ‘Experts, Officials Consider Steps to Reforming Public Institutions’, IISD published the main recommendations from a Louis’ recent blog for UNDESA, reflecting […]

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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 […]

Presentations & events

Coming up & just happened: Brussels, Zagreb, New York

Start date: January 1, 2020 - End date: April 3, 2020

Postponed: Conference “We sustain sustainability 2020″, Zagreb, Croatia, 23 March 2020 (Louis speaking)

Postponed: 19th Session Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), UN HQ, New York, 30 March – 3 April 2020 (Louis speaking/chairing)

‘Keynote speech Prof. Dr Louis Meuleman on ‘The UN wants accelerated governance of the Sustainable Development Goals – but are we really ready?’’ at the IIAS Governance week 2020 in Brussels, 5 February 2020 (Louis)

Masterclass network leadership, 31 January 2020, Brussels (Louis).

ENoP Conference on: “Finding paths towards transformative European action for the SDGs“, 29th January 2020, Brussels (Ingeborg)



Guest lecture metagovernance, Leuven University

Date: November 14, 2019

Location: Leuven, Belgium

Lecture “Governance en meta-governance op Europees niveau” (Louis)

ESDN Strategic Workshop Sustainability & EU Democratic Challenges, Brussels

Date: November 12, 2019

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Presentation “Sustainability Governance in Europe: Governance Principles and Democratic Achievements: a practitioner’s view” (Louis)

IML training, Netherlands School of PA (NSOB), Noordwijk

Date: November 6, 2019

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands

Lecture on “Kiezen voor een goede mix van governancestijlen: van governance naar metagovernance” (Louis)

ESDN annual conference 2019, Helsinki

Start date: October 30, 2019 - End date: October 31, 2019

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Panel speaker on Taking stock on the 2030 Agenda implementation at the different policy levels (Ingeborg). Keynote on “Metagovernance for Sustainability: The full toolbox for implementing the SDGs” (Louis)

UN Sustainable Development Transformation Forum 2019, Incheon

Start date: October 22, 2019 - End date: October 24, 2019

Location: Incheon, Republic of Korea


Presentation “New trends in governance for transformation” (Louis)

Partos Innovation Festival, Amsterdam

Date: October 11, 2019

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands


Ingeborg joined the new SD coordinator of the Netherlands, Sandra Pellegrom, and the secretary-general of the Finnish SD Council, Annika Lindblom, as panelist at the Partos Innovation Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Workshop The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) – Science as a leverage point for sustainable development, Brussels

Date: October 9, 2019

Location: Brussels, Belgium


Ingeborg was panelist at the DIE Workshop ” The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) – Science as a leverage point for sustainable development”.

Symposium ‘Global trends’, Leuven University

Date: September 24, 2019

Location: Leuven, Belgium

Keynote “De Klimaatcrisis: een sleutelrol voor sociale wetenschappen” (Louis)

High Level Political Forum 2019 on the SDGs, New York

Start date: July 8, 2019 - End date: July 18, 2019

Location: New York, USA

Presentation (Ingeborg) on 8th July. Presentation (Louis) on 15th July.


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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, […]


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: […]