27/28 SEP 2021 – The government of Cyprus is developing an SDG Action Plan, with on 27/28 September a workshop with key stakeholders. As governance expert and part of a UNITAR project team, Louis Meuleman will co-moderate and speak at the workshop which takes place in Cyprus.
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
UN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP) (2021): Contribution to a Guidance on the use of SDG indicator 17.14.1 on policy coherence for sustainable development
MAY 2021 – In an Open Access article on Public Administration and Governance (PAG) for the SDGs, Louis Meuleman proposes four priorities to accelerate implementation of the SDGs: 1) making PAG a strategic policy area; 2) starting mission-oriented PAG reform; 3) metagovernance as management & design; 4) policy coherence as mindset. […]
On 28 April 2021, Louis Meuleman moderated a very lively debate on “Lessons learned from the response of public institutions to the pandemic, on the first day of the (virtual) SDG 16 CONFERENCE 2021, in Rome. The four panelists were Sarah Lister (UNDP), Sabine Kuhlmann (Potsdam University), David Steven (UN Foundation) and Juan Manuel Roa (Dyntra). Watch the video recoding here: SDG 16 Conference 2021 Parallel session 1.2 […]
29 Sept 2020 – Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2020 (Berlin) – Virtual edition. Louis Meuleman was panel keynote speaker on Teaching Silos to Dance – Sustainability & Public Administration” on Tuesday, 29. September 2020, 14:15 – 15:15, Download speaking points […]
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.
The annual session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) took place from 8-12 April at the UN Head Quarters in New York. As CEPA member and member of the Bureau (currently Rapporteur), Louis is involved in programming, preparing and chairing sessions. […]
“General knowledge of the importance of the term metagovernance is relatively limited. Therefore, the recent publication by Louis Meuleman “Metagovernance for Sustainability” can be a significant contribution to a better general understanding of this concept.(…) This book in a very impressive and reasoned way presents the importance and complexity of metagovernance”. […]
“This is both a theoretical masterpiece and practical handbook” (Bob Jessop). “This is a ‘metabook’ which will inspire and guide all those responsible for and studying the SDGs” (Geert Bouckaert). “This book will become the core text in this area” (Paul Jackson). “This book is an important read for every practitioner from developing and developed countries alike” (Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi). “A book that is a must for those who strive for enhanced professionalism in governance for sustainable development” (Roel in ‘t Veld). “What makes this book a must-read is the emphasis on how to get to differentiated governance for the SDGs” (Guenther Bachmann). […]