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28th EEAC Annual Conference ‘Delivering a Just Transition for All’

NESC hosted the 28th Annual Conference of the European network of advisory councils on environment and sustainable development (EEAC Network), of which NESC is a member. Over three days from Tuesday 27th October to Thursday 29th October, a diverse mix of experts, academics, councils and policy makers contributed to this exciting and unique event, which comprised of a mix of keynote speakers, panel discussions and spotlight sessions.

NESC was honoured that the conference included a keynote address entitled ‘Delivering A Just Transition For All’ by the President of Ireland, Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins. 

Ireland and the European Union are committed to the transformation to a sustainable, inclusive, thriving net zero economy and society.  This conference focused on how the principles of justice, fairness, equality and equity of a just transition can act as a lever and guide to shape policies and practices to deliver the transformation.  NESC’s recent work on just transition and employment vulnerability  was a valuable input to the day.

Tuesday 27th October; Webinar 1

EEAC 28th Annual Conference – Day 1 Webinar 1


Wednesday 28th October; Spotlight Sessions

Session C 1- Just Transition, Vulnerability and policy responses

Session C 2 – Advising on a Just Transition

Session C 3- A just water transition


Session D 1- Sustainable and Resilient Regions

Session D 2 – Lessons from The Netherlands

Session D 3- Finance for a Just Transition


Thursday 29th October; Webinar 2

EEAC 28th Annual Conference – Day 3 Webinar 2 


In this short video address, Dr Larry O’Connell, Director of NESC, shares further details of the online conference.

View copy of the Programme

View copy of the Spotlight Sessions

Creative inputs shown over the three days were;

National Youth Council of Ireland

Flash Fiction winners, Laura Woulfe

Tegan’s poem

Sonic Pollinators

One Small Change – Cappabue NS


To view Conference report click here


What was discussed? 

The conference provided a forum for Irish and European colleagues to share perspectives, experiences and practices, and to develop a common understanding and concrete strategies for making progress. The conference shed light on how other countries are managing the transition process, with special attention paid to managing the impacts of climate policy that might disproportionately impact specific groups in society. This is required because transitions represent enormous challenges and the ambition of the 2030 Agenda states that no one should be left behind.

Who attended?

This online gathering brought together European and Irish Advisory Councils, their stakeholders, international experts, policy makers and practitioners to reflect on what a just transition means and how it is shaping policy and practices.


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