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
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 implementatinon 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
fullfiling 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
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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