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On the basis of a law in relation to the coordination of the national SD policy, a High Council for Sustainable Development, acting as a reflection, discussion and consultancy body for matters regarding SD was established. The regulation of 14 July 2005 defines the composition, organization and functioning of the High Council for Sustainable Development.

The missions of the Councils are:

  • Acting as discussion forum on SD issues;
  • Proposing research and studies on any topic related to SD;
  • Establishing relationships with similar committees in the EU Member States;
  • Promoting the largest possible participation of public and private organizations and the participation of citizens;
  • Expressing views on any measures relating to SD national policy taken or planned by the government, especially on the national plan for SD and on the execution of Luxembourg’s international commitments.

The Council carries out the above-mentioned missions on its own initiative or following a request of the Government. The Council consists of 15 members who were chosen according to their knowledge, competence and commitment with regard to SD. They act as individuals on their own behalf and not as representatives of an organization or association. The members of the Council have various backgrounds, i.e. academia, NGOs, trade unions, chambers of commerce, and business associations.

During the development of the NPSD, three round-tables with actors representing civil society (NGOs, labour and employer’s association, municipalities) have been organized. During these round-tables, the main chapters of the NPSD have been presented and discussed (non-sustainable trends, quality objectives of the NPSD, action objectives and measures).

In April 2016, the Council was asked by the Minister for Environment as minister in charge, to advise the Government on the association of Luxembourg’s civil society and private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable de Development.

For a detailed documentation of all advisory and participatory councils (for SD and/or the environment) in this country, please go to the EEAC website at and click on one of the listed institutions.


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 18 July 2016

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