2020. October 12 - 13.

ESDN Conference 2020: “The European Green Deal: Our Pact for the Future”


2020. September 20 - 26.

European Sustainable Development Week


2020. October 27 - 29.

The 28th EEAC Annual Conference


2020. November 15.

Online Conference- ZÖLDGÖMB Festival


null ESDN Conference 2019

The ESDN Conference 2019 (European Sustainable Development Network) is to be held on 30th-31st October in Helsinki this year. Its title is „Towards a Sustainable Europe 2030 – From Reflection to Action”.

Co-organised by the Finnish Prime Minister’s Office, the Conference was aimed at bringing together sustainable development policy-makers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe. One of the speakers at the conference is Finland’s prime minister, Antti Rinne.

As an ESDN member, NCSD is to participate in the event as well. The Council shall be represented by dr Gábor Bartus, secretary of NCSD, and Zsombor Barta, Council co-worker.  

The Conference is to focus on many topics related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda The participants shall take stock of where Europe stands after four years of implementation and what experiences European countries have gained in the field so far. In addition, the Conference aims at working out the schedule for the period up to 2030 and focuses on various challenges for Europe in reaching the 2030 Agenda and delves deeper into 4 key themes: Circular Economy; Economy of Well-Being; Sustainable Finance; and Global Responsibility.


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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).