ESDN Conference 2020

ESDN Conference 2020

The European Green Deal: Our pact for the Future

12.10. - 13.10.2020


As part of Germany's EU Council Presidency, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety is hosting the annual conference of the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) 2020. The conference, taking place in Berlin and virtually on October 12th and 13th 2020, will focus on the European Green Deal in the perspective of the needs for a sustainable transformation of Europe and especially of the expectations of the next generation as advocates of change - and future. Before starting the experts conference we therefore organize a European Youth Camp back to back with the conference to make sure that young people, too, can discuss the challenges ahead and give their opinion on the way to pursue. The results of the Youth Camp  "Green Young Deal" will be presented during the conference. Furthermore, in line with ESDN’s broad membership base, we are striving towards including as many European voices as possible. On the second day of the conference, 13th of October, starting at 11 a.m., several breakout groups dealing with key topics of the Commission Work Programme and the European Green Deal will offer a possibility to discuss some key points in more detail.

The Conference language is English. We will have German/English interpretation for all plenary sessions.

We have hoped to be able to welcome all of you here in Berlin, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic still being active all over Europe and globally, and with several countries declared a risk zone and ensuing travel restrictions, we have chosen to organise the ESDN conference 2020 as hybrid conference.

This means that we will have a core of active participants here in Berlin and complement this with an online platform and webstreaming as well as videoconferencing. As regards the location in Berlin, we have vast spaces available, meaning that we can assure social distancing protocols and high hygiene standards, but this will only be possible for a limited number of participants. As regards the virtual part of the conference, we will have a virtual landing page allowing participants easy access to all information – the agenda, speaker backgrounds, a digital pinboard and links to the plenary webstream and breakout sessions (due to technical reasons the access to the latter ones will have to be limited). There will be an interactive tool to integrate virtual participants and "virtual coffee breaks" to loosen up and at least try to make up for the loss of „little encounters in the corridors“.

Please note that, the program is subject to change. We hope that despite the distance between us, we will have a good conference. 

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Contact: Federal Ministry for the Environment,
Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Stresemannstra├če 128-130
10117 Berlin
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This event is organized on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety by the agency facts and fiction GmbH, Mittelweg 50, 12053 Berlin.