|Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates
The Spanish National Sustainable Development Strategy, SNSDS was
adopted by the Council of Ministers in November 2007. It was developed within
the framework of the renewed EU-SDS by an Inter-ministerial Group for the SNSDS
under the coordination of the Economic Department of the Prime Minister’s
Office with the participation of other ministries.
The strategy focuses on the environmental, social and economic
dimension of sustainability, and approaches the high-priority areas defined in
the European Strategy according to the three above mentioned dimensions. It also
proposed the development of a set of indicators as a primary goal
of the strategy.
To obtain an independent evaluation of its progress the
Permanent Commission of the Government for Economic Matters (CDGAE in Spanish) would
order monitor and assess the degree of application and success of the policies
contained in the SNSDS.
|Type of SD strategy
SNSDS covers all three dimensions of SD: environmental, social and
economic dimensions in a Indicative manner.
|Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process
Ministry of Agriculture,
Food and Environment
|Link to the SD strategy
Sustainable Development Strategy (2007)
|Further information about
the SD strategy process
This page contains updated and complete information on sustainable
development policies and sectoral achievements in Spain.
As it can be seen on that link, the process produced a number of
developments, as for example the Spanish Strategy for Sustainable Mobility
adopted in 2009, setting up the guidelines and measures regarding land use
planning, transport and infrastructures, climate change and reduction of energy
dependence, air quality and noise, security and health and demand management,
giving special attention to fostering alternatives to private vehicles and the
use of more efficient and sustainable ways of transport.
In more recent times, Gender equality has been considered another
basic pillar to be fully integrated in the SNSDS. This “new dimension” was already recognized in the Organic Act 3/2007 of 22 March for effective
equality between women and men which states that the principle of equal
treatment and opportunities for women and men should cross-cutting inform the
action taken by all public authorities. The central, regional and local
governments will actively mainstream the principle in the adoption and
implementation of their legislative provisions, definition and budgeting in all
areas of public policy and performance of all their activities as a whole.
As a consequence, a new program, the Strategic Plan for Equal
Opportunities (PEIO in Spanish) is being implemented since 2013, with the
involvement of all the Ministries.
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