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NESC to host the 28th EEAC Annual Conference ‘Delivering a Just Transition for All’


Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic NESC had planned to host the European network of advisory councils on environment and sustainable development (EEAC Network) Annual Conference in Dublin on the 29th October 2020, ‘Delivering a Just Transition for All: Principles, Policies and Practice.’

The crisis has made this conference more important. The public health crisis is transforming economies, societies, and the environment in ways that cannot yet be fully understood. In the face of what is unprecedented change and uncertainty we believe that Just Transition, can and indeed must, provide guidance and practical support to policy makers across Europe.

The Conference

Europe’s recovery needs to be focused on a shared and transformative vision: a sustainable, inclusive, thriving net zero economy and society. The 28th Annual Conference of the European Network of Advisory Council on Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (EEAC Network) will focus on how principles of justice, fairness, equality and equity of a just transition can act as a lever and guide to shape policies and practices make this transformation. NESC’s recent work on just transition and employment vulnerability and the forthcoming Just Transition Review Group will be valuable inputs to the day.

What will be discussed?

The conference will provide a forum for Irish and European colleagues to share perspectives, experiences and practices and develop a common understanding and concrete strategies for making progress. The conference will 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 will be coming?

This unique gathering in Dublin Castle will bring 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 practice.

What’s next?

We are keenly aware of the difficulties posed by Covid-19 in planning for any event, and over the coming weeks will monitor and follow guidance provided by the Irish Government. Notwithstanding this important caveat, in due course, the tentative programme of the 28th EEAC Annual Conference will be published and the invitations will be sent.

We invite you to regularly consult this, or the EEAC website (, for updates and further information.


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