The Strategic Framework Czech Republic 2030, adopted by the
Government in 2017, is the main reference document outlining the national
vision of the SDGs in the Czech Republic. It guides the work of the Council and
the SD Unit; it defines long-term objectives in the social, environmental and
economic pillars of sustainable development, as well as in governance, global
development and regions and municipalities. It sets out 97 specific goals aimed
at improving people’s wellbeing, and it serves as an overarching framework for
sectoral, regional and local strategies.
In 2018, the Government adopted other two important documents. The Implementation
plan of the Strategic Framework Czech Republic 2030 includes 277 measures
and more than 300 recommendations for fulfilling of the 97 specific goals. The
aim of the document is to ensure the coherence of the Czech Republic 2030’s objectives with other strategic and
conceptual materials and to introduce the measures and recommendations through
which its vision will be put into practice. Implementation of the Czech Republic 2030 as an overarching
strategic document is not linked exclusively to this Implementation plan, but its objectives must be reflected in the
follow-up strategic documents at all levels.
The second 2018 document, Implementing the Agenda 2030 in Czech Republic,
in turn, assesses the SDGs’ relevance in internal and external dimension, sets
out responsibilities to the relevant targets (at ministerial level), defines
interlinkages between the Agenda 2030 and the Czech Republic 2030, and
sets the key (and general) measures for the fulfilling of the SDGs in the Czech
Republic that goes beyond the Czech Republic 2030 scope.
Civil Society Organisations (hereinafter „CSOs“) have been involved closely
throughout the planning and design of the SDG process. The drafting of the Czech
Republic 2030 has been carried out in close cooperation with ministries,
local and regional authorities, parliamentary representatives and a wide range
of other stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, academia and
the labour unions (See Participation below).
The process of implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national level is
coordinated by the Sustainable Development Unit at the MoE and continuously
consulted at the Government Council on Sustainable Development. The Council is
chaired by the Minister of the Environment and made up of 38 representatives of
ministries, parliament, the private sector, trade unions, academia, civil
society and regions and municipalities, and is divided into thematic expert
committees. The Council’s main tasks are to find consistency over long-term
priorities and to assess key trends in SD at both national and global levels.
Administrative and technical support is provided by the Sustainable
Development Unit at the MoE. One of its essential tasks is to coordinate the
activities and meetings of the Council and its Committees and Working Groups.
Other tasks of the SD Unit are to guarantee interdepartmental cooperation and
coordination of the implementation and reporting of SD policy and the coherence
of strategic documents with the Czech
Republic 2030. It plays important role in the context of strengthening of
international cooperation (esp. EU, OECD, UN) and international relations.
The SD Unit also ensures the popularization and communication of SD. For
this purpose, the Sustainable Development Forum and the Sustainable Development
Week are organized annually. In addition, the SD Unit communicate its
activities and share the information regarding SD in the Czech Republic on the
website https://www.cr2030.cz/rvur/. The
website includes information about the meetings of GSCD and the reports of the
Committees and information about all above mentioned strategic documents. One
section is dedicated to voluntary commitments by which everyone – individuals,
municipalities, NGOs, private sector etc. – can contribute to the fulfilling of
SDGs and national goals. Furthermore, the SD Unit actively uses the Facebook
webpage which is aimed to popularize the topic of SD.
The GCSD was established by the Government Resolution No. 778 of 30 July
2003 as a permanent advisory, initiating and coordinating body of the
Government of the Czech Republic for sustainable development and strategic
management. In 2006, the Council was transferred to the MoE of the Czech
Republic and after 2010 faced significant capacity constraints.
Hence, in 2014, the GCSD was transferred to support its political mandate
back to the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.
2018, the government decided to shift the performance and coordination of the
SD agenda back to the MoE. At the same time, it approved a new Council Statute,
according to which the Minister of Environment is the Chairman of the Council
with the Minister of Regional Development as its Co-Chairman.
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