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.
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?
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).
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.
30 NOV 2021 – At the 2021 annual conference of the European Sustainable Development Network in Ljubljana, Louis Meuleman gave on 30 November a guest presentation during Leida Reinhout’s presentation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development; he gave a preview from ps4sd’s report on PCSD made for the European Commission, DG REFORM.
3 June 2021 – Ingeborg gave a keynote at the Online Networking Conference ›Dialogue for the Future 2021‹, which was part of the program Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia (Eastern Partnership Programme, German Foreign Office). The presentation showed the SDGs as a compass for pathways to sustainability, and how they can serve as a framework for cooperation of Civil Society Organisations. [Download the PPT] […]
28 SEPT 2021 – Louis Meuleman gave an online guest lecture on public administration and governance for the sustainable development goals, at the School of Governance and Politics of the MGIMO University in Moscow.
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. […]