The ESDN is recognized as the main European network of sustainable development professionals in the public sector.  It collects, compiles and shares information on sustainability policies, strategies and practices and provides expertise to political decision-makers.

The ESDN connects the people and government officials in European countries who are responsible for sustainable development strategies and policy.  It advises decision-makers at European, national and sub-national levels on strategies and processes for implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provide various support services.

The ESDN also fosters sustainable development through active communication and continued cooperation with other stakeholders and civil society.