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] […]
2 March 2021 – Ingeborg gave a guest lecture in the CEU (Central European University) course SDGT Sustainable Development and Global Transitions, chaired by Prof. Laszlo Pinter. She presented how SDG implementation works in practice in Europe. On the basis of the SDG study for the EP (2019) she gave an overview of Europe’s approach to implementing the SDGs, illustrated the analytic framework for analysing the governance for SDG implementation and illustrations, and presented country highlights.
DEC 2022 – On 2nd December 2022, Louis Meuleman will present 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. […]
NOV 2022 – On 24th November, Louis Meuleman will give an online guest lecture on ‘Metagovernance for Sustainability: Guidance for an Unpredictable World’ at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. […]
Nov 2022 – From 21-25 November, Louis Meuleman will be training civil servants of the national government of Cyprus on aspects of sustainable development related to the upcoming national SDG Action Plan of the country. The training week is part of the UNITAR-led project supporting Cyprus with the preparation of the Action Plan. […]
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 Originally made in 2020 and with some additions in 2021, the report introduces why and how the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals are essential for the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. […]
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. […]
SEP 2022: The annual conference of the European Group for Public Administration of IIAS gathered on 6-9 September in Lisbon, on “Public Administration for the Sustainable Future of our Societies”, with Louis Meuleman as rapporteur on sustainability. Read his reflections as published in IIAS Insights online. […]
The annual conference of public administration scholars united in the European Group for Public Administration of IIAS took place on 6-9 September in Lisbon. With the general topic on the challenges sustainability poses for public administration, Louis Meuleman was tasked as ‘shadow rapporteur’ of the plenary sessions. A report will be ready soon. […]
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. […]
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:
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. […]
JULY 2022 – At the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on the SDGs in July, the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government of UN DESA organised on 15 July an online Voluntary National Review (VNR) Lab entitled: Looking forward: Recent innovations in institutional arrangements for SDG implementation. As panelist, Louis Meuleman presented some innovative practices, among others the mainstreaming of SDGs in Regulatory Impact Assessments.
JUNE 2022 – On 14th June, the (hybrid) final event of the first phase 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 Council Working Party on the 2030 Agenda, under the Czech EU Presidency.
JUNE 2022 – On 23 June, the Government of Romania proudly presented in Bucharest its new SDG Action Plan that will help implementing the National Sustainable Development Plan. During a lively launch conference, Louis Meuleman gave a speech on the governance dimension of challenges ahead. […]
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?
The United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) held its twenty-first session from 4 to 8 April 2022 under the overall theme of “Transforming institutions and governance to build forward better towards 2030.” Louis Meuleman participated as CEPA member and was reconfirmed as vice chair. The programme and the official session papers are online. Also the video registrations of all sessions are available online. […]
MAR 2022 – On 16 March, Louis Meuleman gavee a guest lecture on metagovernance (in a context of sustainability), at the IML 37 training of the Netherlands School for Public Administration in The Hague.
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.
25 NOV 2021 – At the conference Fit for recovery and transition: Supporting quality of public administration in the EU Member States, organised by the European Commission, Louis Meuleman moderated a (virtual) session on Public Administration and Governance for Policy Coherence and the SDGs, with speakers from UNEP, Finland, Italy, Romania and the European Commission. […]