|Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates
The process of drafting the first Sustainable
Development Strategy for the Maltese Islands started in December 2002. A National
Commission for Sustainable Development was set up and was entrusted with the
role of advocating on national sustainable development across all sectors;
reviewing progress in the achievement of sustainable development; and
achieving further progress. Following public consultations, in 2006 the
National Commission proposed a Sustainable Development Strategy for the
Maltese Islands, which was endorsed by Cabinet in December 2007. Its mandate
terminated at the end of 2016.
The Sustainable Development Act, Cap. 521 was later
adopted in 2012, resulting in a legislative framework mandating Government to
mainstream sustainable development in its policies.
The Sustainable Development Act also establishes
other bodies, such as the Guardian of Future Generations and the Sustainable
Development Network, which aim at fostering exchange of views and national
dialogue as well as overseeing the implementation of sustainable development
The Act was amended by virtue of Act No. I of 2019
with the aim of fostering increased participation of civil society as well as
that of all social actors in mainstreaming sustainable development.
Given that the first Sustainable Development
Strategy had a timeline that extended till the year 2016 the Maltese
Government embarked on a process to develop a new Sustainable Development
A Vison Document that characterises the foundations
upon which the new Sustainable Development Strategy will be underpinned was
published for consultation in September 2018.
|Type of SD strategy
Sustainable Development Vision for 2050 sets out the Maltese Government’s
aspirations and priorities for mainstreaming sustainable development up till
the year 2050. It aligns with the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) whilst also takes into account other developments at an international
and EU level.
Sustainable Development Vision for 2050 aligns with the Agenda 2030
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) whilst also takes into account other
developments at an international and EU level.
2050 has been structured and designed on the following key normative
governance principles for steering sustainable development:
1. Enhancing Economic Growth
2. Safeguarding Our Environment
3. Social Cohesion and Wellbeing
|Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process
within the Office of the Prime Minister (Responsible
for Sustainable Development, Social Dialogue and the Implementation of Electoral
2013 till 2019 the Competent Authority for mainstreaming sustainable
development in Malta was entrusted to the Ministry for the Environment,
Sustainable Development and Climate Change.
|Link to the SD strategy
The full list(s) of NSDS objectives as identified by
commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:
|Further information about
the SD strategy process
Government recognises that sustainable development is not only confined to the
workings of Government but calls for consensus from diverse sectors of the
Maltese society, including civil society and the private sector. In drafting of
key development documents, the Maltese Government ensures that the process is
open and inclusive as possible, and that the vision of the future of Malta
reflects the vision of its citizens. This was safeguarded through public and
sectoral consultations as well as through existing national stakeholder
to the consultation process forthcoming]
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