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Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

The Austrian Strategy for SD (NSTRAT) was adopted as a document relating to the federal level authorities by the Austrian Federal Government in April 2002. Two work programmes have been published at federal level: the 2003 work programme presented 200 specific measures to be implemented in line with the objectives of the strategy. The second work programme (2004) presented 80 additional measures.

Starting with 2006, a joint national strategy addressing both the federal and regional levels (ÖSTRAT) had been developed by the Coordinators. The Council of Governors adopted this joint strategy, as well as accompanying the first working programme in May 2009. In July 2010, the Federal Council of Ministers re-affirmed this decision, also adopting the national SD-strategy (ÖSTRAT), and adding new objectives within the jurisdiction of the federal level. In 2011, both political bodies adopted a new ÖSTRAT working programme and the interim progress report 2011ff.

ÖSTRAT was the first common SD strategy of a federal state addressing both the national and regional level in Europe.


Type of SD strategy

NSDS covers all three dimensions (economic, ecological and social) of SD plus international issues

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

The NSTRAT is coordinated by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Together with the Austrian Federal Chancellery, The ÖSTRAT implementation is coordinated by the “Expert Conference of National and Regional SD Coordinators”, chaired by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology and the Austrian Federal Chancellery on national level together with representatives of Regional SD Coordinators.


Link to the SD strategy




Further information about
the SD strategy process



This Country Profile has been last updated on: Thursday, 04 June 2020

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