PublicStrategy for Sustainable Development is a think-tank and advisory network established 2012, based in Brussels and The Hague. 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.
Dr. Ingeborg Niestroy studied (physical) geography, worked as planner for transport projects, and has ever since been interested in governance questions of environmental integration and sustainable development, firstly culminating in her PhD thesis on Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Dr. Louis Meuleman has an MsC in environ-mental biology and a PhD in public administra-tion. He has more than 30 years of public-sector experience. As an academic he publishes about meta- and transgovernance, especially in the context of sustainable development.
(2015) Common But Differentiated Governance: Making the SDGs work
For the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as universal goals, differentiated implementation approaches are needed at national or other levels, as any one governance style falls short, and that there is some convergence towards a more comprehensive approach which is called ‘metagovernance’. To support this insight, we propose the new principle of Common But Differentiated Governance (CBDG).
Introduce ‘Common But Differentiated Governance’ (CBDG) as guidance for creating the most suitable governance arrangements for SDG implementation, taking into account “different national realities and capacities”.
Use metagovernance - As all governance styles have their strengths and weaknesses, governance for SDG implementation requires mindfully combining arrangements based on ideas from different approaches; for this, metagovernance offers a model that can be applied. Metagovernance helps to design governance arrangements which combine the (situational) best of the three ideal-types hierarchical, network and market governance, without making one of them the “Holy Grail”, or denying one of them to be part of the mixture.
Apply basic principles - To support transitions towards sustainable development, governance principles need to be applied such as reflexivity, long-term thinking, and multi-sector, -level and –actor governance.
Establish support and peer review arrangements - Governance support arrangements are useful to assist process design, review, monitoring and evaluation. This could include specific bodies/networks, but also peer review arrangements.
Read the longer referenced Briefing Note here.
Revision of the national environment strategy of the Kingdom of Bhutan
On 24 December 2013, a kick-off meeting took place of the new Taskforce (picture) which will be responsible for the revision of the 1998 National Environment Strategy (NES), 'The Middle Path', of Bhutan. This strategy has guided Bhutan's development paradigm since 1998 with regard to environmental safeguards and development. More recently, Gross national Happiness principles along with the adoption of the Constitution of Bhutan in 2008, have broadened the scope. In 2009, the royal government also issued a declaration of carbon neutrality, and in 2010 an Economic Development Policy which promotes "green growth" was presented. PS4SD's Inge Niestroy and Louis Meuleman volonteered to assist the start-up of the revision process between 21 December 2013 and 4 January 2014.