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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 & Events

Appointment at EEA Scientific Committee

Louis was appointed on 10.12.2020 as member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency EEA, for the topics sustainability and foresight, and for a period of 4 years. This is a part-time assignment. Read more. […]

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). […]

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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. […]

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. […]


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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Future events

  • On 14 July 2021, Louis Meuleman will moderate a VNR Lab on during the UN High Level Political Forum on the SDGs, on governance and policy integration in the context of COVID19.


  • On 3 June 2021, Ingeborg Niestroy will give a keynote presentation at the conference “Dialogue for the Future 2021” for civil society from Eastern Partnership countries. The topic will be “SDGs as a compass for pathways to sustainability, and framework for cooperation of Civil Society Organisations“.

Recent events

  • 18-20 May 2021 – UN HLPF 2021 preparatory Expert Group Meeting (Louis Meuleman participating with focus on SDG 16)
  • 28 April 2021SDG 16 CONFERENCE 2021, Rome (virtual), parallel session LESSONS FROM THE RESPONSE OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS TO THE PANDEMIC (Louis Meuleman moderating). Watch Video recording
  • 12-21 April 2021 – 20th Session UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration, New York (virtual) (Louis Meuleman participating as Member & vice chair). Inclusive, effective & resilient public institutions are more important than ever as the world continues to combat #COVID19. The 2021 Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration, #UNCEPA, starts on 12 April with a series of virtual meetings until 21st April. It will discuss CEPA’s 2021 HLPF input; institutions & VNRs; COVID-19 challenges; the governance principles; public procurement and SDG budgeting; conflict-affected countries. Papers are online. A live webcast is available in 6 languages.
  • 25 March 2021 – 2020-21 Executive Training for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (Louis Meuleman speaking on SDG 16: Public administration and governance reform)
  • 18 March 2021 – Webinar  The contribution of SDGs to Global Governance. Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Louis Meuleman  Speaking
  • 22 Febr 2021 – UN Sustainable Development Transition Forum: Building Back Better and Greener, Korea (virtual)(Louis Meuleman speaking).
  • 16 Febr 2021 – UNPOG Side event @ UN Commission for Social Development –  Innovating Public Governance , Korea (virtual) (Louis Meuleman speaking)
  • 04 Febr 2021 – Online workshop Setting-up of a multi-stakeholder platform on the implementation of SDGs in Greece (Ingeborg Niestroy and Louis Meuleman speaking)
  • 04 Febr 2021 – Workshop IML-35 (Dutch School for Public Management)(Louis Meuleman speaking)
  • 02 Febr 2021 –  Online course Changing Mindsets and Strengthening Governance Capacities for Policy Coherence in the Arab region (Louis Meuleman speaking)
  • 27-28 Jan 2021Training Teaching silos to dance (European Commission)(Louis Meuleman, Ingeborg Niestroy, Andreas Versmann, Francesca Valentini)(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)
  • 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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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: […]