24th EEAC Annual Conference. Barcelona, 20-21 October 2016


“Resilient policies for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development”

Agenda 2030 presents an ambitious vision that covers the ‘five Ps’ of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. However, this vision will come under severe pressure if shifts, shocks and stresses like climate change and financial, social and resource crises are not properly addressed. Therefore, the ability to deal with and use these shifts, shocks and stresses to spur renewal and to promote sustainability seems more important than ever. For that reason, the further integration of the concept of “resilience” in European policy-making is of major significance.

Although the concept of resilience is increasingly used in various fields (including in the context of environmental protection and sustainable development), a gap still seems to exist between scientific output and the specific needs of policy-makers and practitioners in this area. The EEAC network has therefore had a conference aimed at bridging the gap between science and policy, by conducting an informed debate and sharing knowledge on how resilience can be taken into account in policy-making.

The plenary conference programme took place over one and a half days, and touched upon the role of resilience policies in contributing to the effective implementation of Agenda 2030, focusing in particular on the food, energy and water nexus, the challenges of creating resilient communities, and the roles of the different governmental levels. The conference brought together representatives from global and European institutions, national and regional governments, research institutes, non-governmental organisations, and advisory councils.

This year’s event was organized jointly by the EEAC and the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS), and took place in Barcelona on 20 and 21 October 2016.

Conference Documentation


Programme and Biograpies:

Conference programme and Speakers-Biographies

Conference proceeding videos:

Session 1: The 2030 Agenda and the Constuction of a more resilient Europe in a Globelized World 

Global sustainability challenges and the European reply’ keynote  by Victor Galaz

‘The 2030 Agenda: an opportunity for building a more resilient and sustainable Europe?’ Keynote by Karl Falkenberg

Benefits, challenges and uncertainties: dealing with resilience in policy making’ Keynote by David Wilkinson

‘Reflections from a Sustainable Development  council perspective’ Keynote by Gunther Bachmann

Session 2: Down to earth: Resilient and Sustainable Development Policies in Practice

Towards a resilient food policy in the ligt of the nexus perspective’ Session speech by Krijn Poppe

Towards a resilient food policy in the light of the nexus perspective: The Water Case’ Session speech by Jan Verheeke  

Towards a resilient food policy in the light of the nexus perspective: The Catalan Case’ Session speech by Carles Ibanez

‘Towards a resilient food policy in the light of the nexus perspective: the EESC perspective’ Session speech by Geneviève Savigny


intergenerational dialogue on global sustainability challenges’

Session 3: Resilience policies for resilient communities and citizens  

‘Resilience policies for resilient communities and cities’ Session speech by Inge Paulini

‘Resilience policies for resilient communities’ Session speech by Teresa Ribera

‘Resilience policies for resilient communities and schooling’ Session speech by Eduard Vallory

Concluding speech

‘Environmental policies for a more resilient Europe’ Keynote by Hans Bruyninckx  

20 October 2016