News

No Picture
News & Events

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

Read more […]

No Picture
News & Events

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

[…]

New Publications

Publications

New report on PCSD published

A study conducted in 2021 by a PS4SD team, resulting in a thematic report for the European Commission’s EUPACK programme on country knowledge on public administration, was published in December 2022. The study contains an analysis of how the SDG indicator 17.14.1 on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) could be implemented. It has case studies on Finland, Italy, and Romania.  Download report. […]

Publication list Ingeborg Niestroy

Managing the Implementation of the SDGs

The report ‘Managing the Implementation of the SDGs’ by Ingeborg Niestroy and Louis Meuleman was  published online recently by the European Commission’s DG REFORM. Originally made in 2020 and with some additions in 2021, the report introduces why and how the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals are essential for the quality of public administration and governance. Download the report here. […]

Publications

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. […]

Publications

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. […]

No Picture
Publications

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. […]

Future Events & Presentations

Past Events/Presentations (click 4 more)

  • No Picture

    DEC 2022 – On 5 December 2022, Louis Meuleman and Ingeborg Niestroy presented the project on Mainstreaming sustainability in RIA at a dedicated joint meeting in Paris of the OECD national  Focal Points on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development and the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee. Louis was also panelspeaker at the Regulatory Policy Committee, on governance and metagovernance. […]

  • No Picture

    DEC 2022 – On 2nd December 2022, Louis Meuleman presented some insights on metagovernance and sustainability with a focus on the environmental aspect, at the IGES annual International Forum on Sustainable Asia-Pacific (ISAP). Japan. […]

  • No Picture

    NOV 2022 – On 15th November 2022, UNEP launched in cooperation with OECD a global Community of Practice on the SDG indicator 17.14.1 on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD). Louis Meuleman gave a keynote speech (download presentation). […]

  • No Picture

    NOV 2022 – On 24th November, Louis Meuleman gave an online guest lecture on ‘Metagovernance for Sustainability: Guidance for an Unpredictable World’ at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. […]

  • No Picture

    NOV 2022 – On 8th November, the 4th online peer learning workshop took place of the PS4SD project Peer to Peer for Sustainability in Impact Assessment. With five excellent speakers, and 54 participants registered from 21 EU member states, the European Commission and the OECD, the four-hour workshop was full of energy. The next workshop is already planned for 7th December 2022. More info: see the project page on this website, or send an email to info@ps4sd.eu. […]