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2019. May 7 - 9.

Open SDG Club, Berlin


2019. May 2 - 4.

Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development, Bonn


2018. March 6 - 7.

ESDN workshop 1/2019, Budgeting for SDGs, Copenhagen


2018. January 29.

FRDO/EEAC workshop, sustainable Finance, Brussels

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The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE region hosted an international conference

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) hosted a two-day international conference on March 1 and 2 2018 at the International Conference Centre Geneva.  In addition to the government delegates, Hungary was represented by dr. Gábor Bartus, NCSD’s secretary.

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) follows up on and reviews the implementation of the sustainable development goals defined in the 2030 Agenda in the UNECE region. To achieve the most successful implementation, RFSD works to ensure the exchange of best practices and hands-on knowledge through a range of international platforms.

The conference focused on five (6, 7, 11, 12, 15) of the 17 sustainable development goals. In addition to the keynote topics, the round table discussions included SDG relevant case studies from the participating countries.

6 SDG round table: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Universal access to water and sanitation has been achieved in the UNECE region. This was presented in case studies by Romania, Serbia, Portugal and the European Environment and Health Youth Coalition Switzerland has also presented a case study called Sharing water: balancing competing needs in a context of declining resources.

7 SDG round table: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Ukraine presented a case study related to improving energy efficiency focusing on supporting the energy transformation by 2030.

11 SDG round table: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Belgium, Italy, the Glasgow City Council and the Council of Europe Development Bank presented case studies on The challenges and opportunities of the transition to sustainable cities. The REC Caucasus, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Nordic Council of Ministers and Italy shared case studies on Promoting resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements.

12 SDG: Round table: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

The case studies concerning the topic of the round table on successful approaches to delivering on sustainable consumption and production by 2030 were presented by Switzerland, Romania, Sweden, Latvia and Kazakhstan. Case studies in the context of “Towards a circular economy: innovation for sustainable value chains” were introduced by Holland, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Czech Republic, Montenegro and Slovenia.

15 SDG round table: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Poland, Kazakhstan, the European Network Integrate, IKEA of Sweden, Austria and Finland presented case studies on the relationship between sustainable forest management and sustainable development goals (SDGs). The round table also discussed the importance of and opportunities for the protection of biodiversity.

“Despite the numerous positive examples and case studies presented in the round table sessions, the conference showed that the verbal commitments toward sustainability often fail to be paired with the ability to apply the benchmarks of sustainable development in policies in a systematic and comprehensive manner, which is less than optimal. This explains why some of these forward-looking projects remain isolated and fail to cause effective changes in socio-economic systems and mechanisms. Sustainability remains to be present in detached projects and has not yet become part or aspect of our everyday life and mindset,” said NCSD’s secretary in conclusion of the conference.

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Every generation needs human resources: knowledgeable and skilful individuals in appropriate quantity and in good health. Society cannot afford to lose the skills of the disadvantaged groups. Although there is no relevant statistical data, economic value of the human capital likely exceeded that of the material capital around the turn of the millennium, rendering humans the most important resources of the nation.

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Ecosystem services provided by natural resources are direct and indirect benefits for society, produced by natural and human-regulated ecosystems. Amongst the benefits are provisioning services (food, animal feed, raw material), natural cycle regulating services (climate stabilization, pollination, flood control), supporting services (nutrient cycling, soil formation), and cultural services (recreation, education, art inspiration).

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The basis of a society’s material growth is economic resources: physical capital, financial capital as storage and transmitter of value, technological knowledge in the form of intellectual property and know-how, and built environment. Entrepreneurs become the cornerstones of sustainable development by discovering the unexploited forms of value creation and managing the utilization of the majority of human, natural and human-created physical resources.
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Moral norms and values, relationships and trust between individuals, as well as organizations, institutions, cultural activities and cultural heritage make up the social resources of a nation. Social capital is the result of historical development, therefore its quality is largely determined by the relation of individuals and organizations to the crucial stages of this development (national history), as well as to the intellectual and material recollections (cultural heritage).