The current government’s
programme is based on phenomenon based strategic objectives, which supports a
cross-sectoral approach and aims at addressing interlinkages in an effective
The work of the Finnish
National Commission on Sustainable Development (FNCSD) is outlined and prepared by an
inter-ministerial Secretariat, the Sustainable Development Coordination Network.
The Secretariat is composed of the sustainable development focal points in the
line ministries, each taking the lead in preparing themes within their area of
expertise. The secretariat convenes 8-10 times a year and aims at enhancing
policy coherence across the line ministries. The Secretary General and Deputy
Secretary General of the Secretariat oversee the practical arrangements and
manage funding for the National Commission’s work.
In four consecutive years, all Ministries have submitted their yearly
reports to the Parliament on the policies and measures to achieve the SDGs in
their respective policy branches. The national audit office reports that
ministries increasingly incorporate the SDGs in their activities. They serve as
the basis for strategies, but also as a benchmark for their own activities. However,
there are differences between the ministries with regards to the extent of the
integration of the SDGs. The report also states that more analytical assessment
on the ecological, economic and social sustainability of the policy content is
The government has integrated
sustainability aspects into the preparation of the state budget since 2018. Each administrative branch provides details about
measures related to sustainable development. In 2019, a chapter entitled
“Sustainable Development” was included in the General Strategy and outlook
section. This chapter is especially focused on carbon neutrality goals.
Representatives from the line
ministries are included in the National Follow-up and Monitoring network,
ensuring that different aspects of sustainable development are reflected in
choosing the indicators and measuring the progress. The network is chaired by the Prime Minister’s Office, and
includes representatives from ministries, Statistics Finland, research
institutions and various stakeholder groups. It meets 4-6 times per year and is
in charge of the development, maintenance and revision of national monitoring
framework and sustainability indicators.
The Finnish Parliament’s Committee for the Future has
functioned as the parliamentary committee responsible for 2030 Agenda matters. The
Committee for the Future prepares parliamentary replies, also known as
committee reports on the 2030 Agenda, to the Government. The Committee also
monitors the implementation of the measures required by Parliament in its
reports by issuing resolutions on the Government’s Annual Reports and budget
proposals in relation to the 2030 Agenda themes.
The Development Policy
Committee is a multi-stakeholder body that was first appointed in 2003. Its key
aim is to strengthen the effectiveness of development policy and to promote
discussion on development policy at national and, in particular, parliamentary
levels. All parliamentary parties and key stakeholders in development policy
contexts are represented in the committee.
This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 15 June 2020
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