At the national level, the sustainable development strategy stipulates
that every legislature two events will be organised on the implementation of
the 2030ASD The first of these events took place in November 2017. All federal
authorities have their own dedicated process for evaluation and review.
At the federal level the 2010 revision of the
Act of May 1997 on Sustainable Development stipulates inter alia: (1) the
duration and content of the planning and reporting cycle; (2) the composition
of the Interdepartmental Commission on Sustainable Development; (3) the alternation
in the focus of the Federal SD Report on current situation and policy
evaluations and on SD long term forecasting; (4) the possibility for a new
government to change the Federal Plan SD.
original Act has been revised in July 2010. The revised Act calls for inter
alia the development of a long-term vision for SD, based on which a new SD
policy will be prepared that is deemed necessary to achieve the long-term
objectives determined by the vision. This long-term
Vision has to comprise goals for 2050, intermediary goals by decennia and
indicators for monitoring progress of implementation. These elements of the
vision have been agreed by the Federal government on May 17 2013 and are endorsed
through a Royal Decree, as an
implementation of Article 7bis of the Belgian Constitution and in view of
Belgium’s international commitments on SD.
revision of the Act of May 1997 on SD also takes into account lessons learned
during previous reviews undertaken, as it:
into account the changed international context related to SD,
vertical integration by a stronger focus on cooperation among the various
the monitoring and reporting procedures as components of a coherent learning
the Sustainability Impact Assessment procedure,
for increased flexibility in the development and implementation of future
Federal Plans for SD, providing a new government with the possibility to change
a plan during its life span.
Federal Act on SD puts forward two distinct provisions for internal review:
report by the members of the Interdepartmental Commission on Sustainable
Development (ICSD), which contains Information on the implementation of the
measures through which the administrative unit they represent aims to
contribute to the objectives of the Federal Plan (FPSD). This report is to be
completed at least 18 months prior to the agreed completion date of the FPSD.
Federal Report on Sustainable Development, drafted by the Task Force on
Sustainable Development (TFSD) of the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB). This is
divided into two parts: a status and evaluation report and a foresight report
looking at future developments. The status and evaluation report needs to be
published at least 15 months prior to the completion date of the FP.
timing of submission of both reports (18 and 15 months prior to the completion
date of the FP) is specifically decided to support and allow the integration of
lessons learned into the design of the subsequent FPSD.
At the Flemish level evaluation is obliged
through the Flemish decree for SD: the new Strategy for SD must incorporate an
evaluation of the previous strategy. The insights of the evaluation were
taken as starting point for the third Strategy for SD, Vision 2050. There were
several important findings and recommendations:
a long term strategy is important to tackle the challenges for SD
the principles of transition management are a good framework
a uniform approach for all transition processes is not appropriate, however
focusing on a number of principles for SD is essential
focus on a few priorities, not an extensive list of actions
a unifying and guiding position for de third Strategy for SD is needed
of the Regional Sustainable Development Plan proposes a framework to assess the
impact of its implementation on social, economic and environmental situation of
evaluations, framed by considerations such as the nature of the measures, the
type of beneficiaries and the objectives) on the priorities of the Regional
Sustainable Development Plan will conducted. These evaluations will consist in
measuring, at specific times , the effects of concrete actions and in assessing
these effects through assessment criteria such as the effectiveness, efficiency
to the draft currently available, a comprehensive report published every 5
years will prepare the next Regional Sustainable Development Plan or partial
changes in the one in force.
evaluation of the Walloon sustainable development strategy is foreseen by
decree: each new strategy must include an evaluation of the previous strategy. In
order to follow-up the 100 actions of the SD strategy action plan, a monitoring
report of the strategy has been adopted by the Walloon Governement in July 2018
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