SDGs implementation will occur
through existing mechanisms of the federal strategy for sustainable development
and a dedicated implementation plan to broaden the commitments. The existing
Interdepartmental Commission on SD (ICSD) will be the platform to implement the
SDGs in the existing instruments:
- The long-term vision
on SD exists since 2013 and encompasses 55 goals towards 2050, the ICSD will match this with the new
SDGs so as to create synergies.
- The Federal Plan for
SD coordinates action between the different Federal Ministries (officially known
as Federal Public Services) for the following five years, it will take into
account the SDGs.
- A mapping exercise of the
federal policy has been conducted in 2016, followed by a gap analysis in 2017
with a view to anchoring each SDG target within a Federal Ministry or at the
level of subnational governments.
reports from the ICSD will contribute to the follow up and review of the SDGs :
last Report published in April 2019 presents how the
federal public services are contributing to the SDGs.[vdWC1]
- The Federal
reports on SD, from the Federal Planning Bureau will also contribute to the follow
up and review of Agenda 2030, through their database of SD indicators and work
on policy evaluation tools.
- Furthermore the
Federal Ministries (officially known as Federal Public Services) will be
stimulated and supported to implement the SDGs in their operations and policy
by an array of tools (SD objectives in their own action plan, public
procurement procedures etc.).
- Finally, the advisory
body (Federal Council for sustainable development) composed of representatives
from civil society organizations will also review the progress towards SDGs.
The SDGs also touch on
subnational competences, as such the already existing Interministerial
Conference on Sustainable Development (IMCSD) is reinvigorated to enhance
cooperation within the Belgian framework. One of the themes of this IMCSD will
be the implementation of the SDGs in the National Strategy on SD. Whereas the
interaction with the European and multilateral level is concerned, existing
coordination platforms for political and strategic orientation (e.g. Coormulti
and DGE) will continue serve as mechanisms to determine the common Belgian
position by taking on board the positions of the federal and federated entities.
In terms of external action,
the Belgian development cooperation focuses especially on the needs of LDCs and
fragile states/environments. At least 50% of ODA should be channeled towards
LDC’s and fragile states and, accordingly, 12 out of 14 partner countries of
the Belgian development cooperation are LDCs. 13 out of the 14 partner
countries are African countries and 10 of the 14 countries are considered by
the OECD as (extremely) fragile states.
Furthermore, Belgium works
through SDG references in multi-annual cooperation arrangements with
multilateral partner organizations, and through multilateral efforts to make
the whole UN development system more « fit for purpose ». Thematic
priorities across the board in the Belgian international development efforts in
support of Agenda 2030 will be a right-based approach and inclusive,
Flanders endorses all 17 SDG’s
of the United Nations in its Vision 2050, the long term strategy of the Flemish
Government. The 7 transition priorities (implementation of the long term
strategy) will contribute to accomplishing the SDG’s on the subnational level.
This will mainly be monitored by existing structures. However, a new governance
model, based upon the principles of the transition management approach, was
conducted. Hereby responsible ministers were designated for each transition
priority. Besides the responsible ministers, transition managers within the
Flemish public administration were appointed.
Flanders introduced an SDG
lens into its new, multiannual Country Strategy Papers and held a stakeholders
consultation moment on the 18th of April 2016 within a broader exercise to
adapt its development cooperation policy to the new paradigm of the 2030 ASD.
The 2nd Walloon Sustainable
Development Strategy, adopted on 7 July 2016, aims to implement SDGs at the
regional level along with other global or sectoral policies and plans. This
Strategy fully integrates the SDGs adopted at UN level 10 months before the
adoption of the strategy. The long-term vision of the strategy "reflects a
region in which all 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the UN Summit
will be achieved". SDGs are also presented as the short and medium term
objectives for Wallonia in terms of sustainable development, and the axes of
the action plan are related to SDGs. Specific actions of the Strategy are
dedicated to monitor SDGs and to raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda.
Concerning monitoring, the Walloon Government has adopted its first SDGs’
implementation report in April 2017. It includes an inventory of the Walloon
strategies, programs and plans that contribute to achieving the SDGs, an
analysis of 70 indicators selected to monitor SDGs in Wallonia and a set of
good practices implemented by Walloon public institutions, civil society and
the private sector. An update of the list of indicators is being carried
out for a publication planned for the autumn of 2019. In addition to the
temporal update of the data, some indicators are added to offer a better views
of the progress of Wallonia towards SDGs.
Concerning awareness raising, as SDGs were not yet sufficiently known in
Wallonia, the Sustainable Development Directorate has defined a communication
strategy focused on SDGs and three priority target groups: local authorities,
businesses, young people (aged between 15 and 20). It includes the production
of tools (including visual aids and/or methodological guides and video capsules
adapted to each audience), events and the facilitation of networking of actors,
as well as devices for making SDG actions and good practices more visible. For
more details, see the web
Finally the Walloon
government has decided to include in each draft decision a chapter
explaining to which SDGs the decision will contribute.
The Brussels-Capital Region has undergone
profound changes and is now facing new challenges, such as rapid demographic
growth, access to housing, access to employment, training and education,
functional and social diversity, poverty, environment, mobility and
internationalisation. Between 13 January and 13 March 2017, the Brussels
Government held a public inquiry into the new draft of the Regional Sustainable
Development Plan (RSDP). It sets
priorities to make the Brussels-Capital Region more attractive, more inclusive
socially and economically, more competitive, more creative in research, and greener
and more efficient in its use of energy and resources.
|Leading Ministry and
Interministerial Conference for Sustainable Development (IMCSD) – gathering
the respective ministers in charge of SD and Development Cooperation of the
different authorities – was established in 2012. This IMCSD
has been mandated to follow-up the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in
Belgium including by to coordinating the preparation of reports on progress
made and challenges faced. See also the relevant SD institutions already
|Other ministries involved
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segment dealing with “Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process”.
|Links to main websites/
documents on national
implementation of the
2030 Agenda and SDGs
www.sdgs.be· National Policy
Belgium submitted a VNR in 2017
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