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Recent events

Recent events

  • On 14 July 2021, Louis Meuleman moderated a Voluntary National Review (VNR) Lab on during the UN High Level Political Forum on the SDGs, on governance and policy integration in the context of COVID19.
  • On 12 July 2021, Louis Meuleman moderated a panel discussion during the HLPF side event organised by OECD, Italy and other partners, on Getting the SDGs back on track while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic: Building government capacities for addressing transboundary impacts and global challenges.
  • On 3 June 2021, Ingeborg Niestroy gave 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“.
  • 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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A virtual HLPF 2020

Although the High Level Political Forum on the SDGs could, in its digital form, not be the usual ‘marketplace of ideas’, the many virtual sessions were worthwhile and participants were concentrated. On 10 July, Louis Meuleman chaired one of the VNR-Labs. This VNR Lab 10 concentrated on on national institutions for SDG implementation, with speakers from Finland, Costa Rica, Morocco, Nepal and the African Peer Review Mechanism. The session was opened by Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist. From UN CEPA, Cristina Duarte (former Minister of Finance, Planning and Public Administration of Cabo Verde) participated as  discussant. […]

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Making sense of Covid-19 governance

The Public Governance Institute of Leuven University in Belgium started a series of contributions from their professors on the challenges and insights stemming from the Covid-19 pandemia. On the webage Making sense of Civid-19 governance, professors Trui Steen, Steven van de Walle, Steven van Hecke and Peter Hupe and Louis Meuleman present their ideas. Louis Meuleman summarises in a mini-video-lecture his recent article ‘It takes more than markets: First governance lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic’ (in Dutch). […]

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Events list

13-28 May 2020: Six 2-hour virtual sessions replacing the physical annual UN CEPA conference in New York.


15 May: Louis chairing CEPA meeting 2 on principles of effective governance for the SDGs


14 May: Louis speaking at UNDESA Webinar


13 May: Louis speaking at CEPA meeting 1 on acceleration for the SDGs


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)


ESDN Strategic Workshop Sustainability & EU Democratic Challenges, 12 November 2019, Brussels, Presentation “Sustainability Governance in Europe: Governance Principles and Democratic Achievements: a practitioner’s view” (Louis)


ESDN annual conference 2019, Helsinki, 30-31 October 2019. 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, Korea, 22 October 2019. Presentation “New trends in governance for transformation” (Louis)


Workshop The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) – Science as a leverage point for sustainable development, 9 October 2019, Brussels. Ingeborg was panelist.


Symposium ‘Global trends’, 24 September 2019, Leuven University.  Keynote “De Klimaatcrisis: een sleutelrol voor sociale wetenschappen” (Louis)


High Level Political Forum 2019 on the SDGs, New York. Presentation (Ingeborg) on 8th July. Presentation (Louis) on 15th July. […]