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Czech Embassy takes part in European Sustainable Development Week 2019

The Embassy of the Czech Republic hosts on 3rd of June an event “Sustainability without Peace, Peace without Democracy?” within the European Sustainable Development Week 2019.

Peace, good governance, the rule of law and participatory decision-making constitute the essential requirements for sustainable development. Where do we stand, and how can we effectively contribute to achieving these various facets of SDG 16? This event will provide an opportunity to discuss these issues with professionals in this field, including innovators in social and political participation. Prominent guests such as the co-founder of the humanitarian organization People in Need and former student activist Šimon Pánek as well as Tomáš Rákos, an expert in participatory processes working with alternative voting systems, have confirmed their attendance. Beyond that, the discussions are intended to provide food for thought for the first international review of the implementation of SDG 16, which will take place in New York in July 2019.


Monday, 3 June, 3 - 5.30 p.m.
Embassy of the Czech Republic
Wilhelmstr. 44, 10117 Berlin


15:00 H.E. Tomáš Jan Podivínský, Ambassador
Opening Remarks

15:10 Kateřina Fialková, Director for Multilateral Economic Affairs, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sustainability and Democracy - through participation towards inclusive and prosperous societies

15:20 Gottfried von Gemmingen-Guttenberg, Director for the 2030 Agenda, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Peacebuilding and sustainable development

15:30 Šimon Pánek, CEO, People in Need
Leaving no one behind – notes on NGO participatory practice in relief and development

15:40 Sara Fyson, Public Governance Directorate, OECD
Measuring progress and the role of public governance in addressing the main challenges to implementing SDG 16

15:50 Tomáš Rákos
Citizens’ Participation in 2019 – showcase of innovative participatory practices in the Czech Republic

16:10 Discussion with the audience

16:45 Get-together/ reception

The discussion will be held in English. Only registered guests will be admitted.

Registration:  at latest by May 29


More information about the European Sustainable Development Week 2019 to be found on the official website


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