L08: Sustainability and Governance

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:15 to 11:30

Dr. Ana Jakil, Austrian Federal Chancellery

Ever since 1997, sustainable development represents an overarching objective of the European Union set out in the Treaty, guiding all its policies and actions. In 2015, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reconfirmed the need for systemic sustainability transitions in order to live well and share fairly within the limits of the planet in the long-term. However, there is still tremendous amount of conflict and uncertainty among policymakers with regards to governance of sustainability transitions. For sustainability not only requires new forms of policymaking, but also new types of knowledge that brings together different perspectives and disciplines and helps to develop systemic understanding. Foresight methods such as scenario development, horizon scanning and global megatrends analysis have thus attracted growing interest within the European Union during recent years as means to identify critical issues and alternatives for public action. Against this background, the lecture critically reflects: What are sustainability transitions and why are they needed? How can sustainability transitions be governed? Why is foresight useful for governance of transitions? And how can foresight help improve governance of transitions?


European Political Strategy Centre (2016): Sustainability Now! A European Vision for Sustainability, URL: http://ec.europa.eu/epsc/publications/strategic-notes/sustainability-now_en

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