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Mainstreaming SDGs in Regulatory Impact Assessment: report published

From December 2021 until July 2022, thirteen (and ultimately seventeen) EU Member States, the European Commission and the OECD participated in a dynamic and highly interactive project aiming at mainstreaming the SDGs into RIA procedures. On 05.09.2022, Germany decided to finance an extension of the project, until 1st March 2023. 

The report of the first phase of this project is available for download here:

 Download Part 1. Main Report

Download Part 2. Workshop Reports

 Download Project Summary

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Covid-19 and Metagovernance

AUG 2021  In a column in the PA Times of the American Society for Public Administration, Mauricio Covarrubias concludes that national leadership and coordinated action will remain critical and require metagovernance. “Challenges such as COVID-19 make it necessary to focus attention on a meta-level governance in which governments must demonstrate the ability to join together the multiplicity of organizations and interests to form a coherent policy fabric. (See: X. Wu, M. Ramesh & M. Howlett’s 2015 work, “Policy capacity: A conceptual framework for understanding policy competences and capabilities.” Similarly, Louis Meuleman, Vice Chairman of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), in his book Metagovernance for Sustainability: A Framework for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, argues that complex political challenges require meta-governance based on systems thinking, a comprehensive approach (taking into account all relevant aspects) and also a holistic view. In times where interdependence and global challenges are constantly increasing, the political capacity of central governments will be related to the ability to coordinate a unified national response between different level

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New Publications

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Navigating the Narrows: Strategies for SDG Governance

Louis Meuleman and Ingeborg Niestroy are the guest editors of a Special Issue of the Journal Sustainability, to be published after the summer of 2023. The theme is about strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to strategic governance for sustainable development, such as strategic planning, strategy as a learning process, and strategising for trade-offs and synergies in different (supranational, national, or subnational) contexts. More information and how to contribute can be found here. […]

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Public administration, institutions, and governance for evidence-informed policymaking

JULY 2022 – In the report “Constructing assessment indicator dashboards for evidence-informed policymaking: Insights from the perspective of public administration, institutions, and governance”, Ingeborg Niestroy discusses the effectiveness of evidence-informed policymaking mechanisms from the perspective of policymakers, using the lenses of public administration, public management and (sustainability) governance. The report was prepared for the European Commission’s Joint Research Center and published online on 19 July 2022. It contains substantial input from Louis Meuleman. […]

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What about the governance of evidence-informed policymaking?

JULY 2022 – How can policymakers make the best of the science they are offered to prepare new policies and laws? This question, focusing on the ‘demand’ side of science-policy-society relations, is less often asked than how the ‘supply’ side can be improved. Louis Meuleman argues in a Blog written for and published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, that the demand side needs to be taken more into account, and that a dedicated governance framework would definitely support this. The Blog builds on a report Ingeborg Niestroy wrote for the JRC. […]

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    SEP 2022: The annual conference of the European Group for Public Administration of IIAS gathered on 6-9 September in Lisbon, on “Public Administration for the Sustainable Future of our Societies”, with Louis Meuleman as rapporteur on sustainability. […]

  • JULY 2022 – At the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on the SDGs in July, the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government of UN DESA organised on 15 July an online Voluntary National Review (VNR) Lab entitled: Looking forward: Recent innovations in institutional arrangements for SDG implementation. As panelist, Louis Meuleman presented some innovative practices, among others the mainstreaming of SDGs in Regulatory Impact Assessments.

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    JUNE 2022 – On 14th June, the (hybrid) final event of the project on Peer to Peer for  mainstreaming SDGs in Regulatory Impact Asssessment, financed with a grant from the German Federal Environment Ministry, had participants from 16 EU member states, the European Commission and the OECD. The results of the project, and ideas for follow-up, will be presented at the next meeting of the Council Working Party on the 2030 Agenda in September, under the Czech EU Presidency.

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  • JUNE 2022 – On 23 June, the Government of Romania proudly presented in Bucharest its new SDG Action Plan that will help implementing the National Sustainable Development Plan. During a lively launch conference, Louis Meuleman gave a speech on the governance dimension of challenges ahead. […]

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    MAY 2022 – Louis Meuleman and Ingeborg Niestroy were both invited to speak at a European Online-Conference on 30 May 2022, at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, on Sustainable and carbon-neutral public administration in Europe – how can practitioners, scholars and national schools of public administration support each other’s progress?

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  • APR 2022 – From 4-8 April 2022, the 21st Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration took place at the UN Head Quarters in New York. Louis Meuleman was as CEPA Bureau member involved in the preparations and will participate. See agenda and documents.

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  • MAR 2022 – On 23rd March 2022, Louis Meuleman spoke about how metagovernance could play a role in global governance for oceans, at an event in the context of the Monaco Ocean Week.

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    MAR 2022 – On 16 March, Louis Meuleman gavee a guest lecture on metagovernance (in a context of sustainability), at the IML 37 training of the Netherlands School for Public Administration in The Hague.

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    FEB 2022 – From 31 February until 3 March 2022, the annual Sustainable Development Transformation Forum was held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, this year again in a virtual form. The theme aligns with the topics for the 2022 High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs. PS4SD’s Louis Meuleman spoke about quality education (SDG 4). Ingeborg Niestroy spoke on Life on Land (SDG 15).

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    FEB 2022 – On 24 February, the first peer 2 peer workshop in a series of three on mainstreaming the SDGs in Regulatory Impact Assessment was conducted by PS4SD, with over 30 policymakers from 12 countries, as well as the European Commission and the OECD. The PS4SD team consists of Louis Meuleman, Andreas Versmann, Ingeborg Niestroy, Francesca Valentini and Isaac Caiger-Smith. The second workshop took place on 29 March, and the third on 28 April 2022.

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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, […]