Latvia has a well-coordinated
planning system. Any changes to the existing NDP as well as new targets,
actions and measures for the next NDP will be introduced through mid-term
reviews of the currently effective policy frameworks and plans. It is during
the mid-term reviews that the 2030 Agenda for SD indicators and targets can be
discussed, new actions considered and respective costs assessed. For the
NDP2020 the mid-term review will take place in 2017.
The Cross-Sectoral Coordination
Centre has developed an assessment of the 169 targets against the national
policy planning documents. First, the SDGs are divided in the three main groups
(apply to domestic policy, development cooperation, global issues). Second, the
responsible institution and, if applicable, institutions with shared responsibility
are identified. The goals solely applicable to development cooperation
(bilateral or multilateral) are mapped. Third, the SDG indicators for each of
the targets are mapped against the Latvia2030 and NDP2020 performance
indicators. Fourth, the responsible institution gives opinion regarding the
need to include the non-existent or partially covered SDG indicators in NDP2020
or the next NDP. Last, possible discussion issues are noted.
A preliminary comparison of the 2030
Agenda sub-goals to targets and performance indicators in current Latvian
policy documents reveals that Latvia already has many domestic level indicators
with targets that match the 2030 Agenda goals and targets.
The development of new planning
tools or processes at the regional and local level has not been envisaged for
the near future, since the existing ones are comprehensive, extensive and
Both the localized SDG targets and
the assessment thereof will be integrated into the medium term planning system.
Latvia’s policy-making process is
inclusive, and cooperation is ongoing at many different levels. When ministries
begin work on policy documents, they usually inform the public via their
web-sites; they also have working groups and standing committees on issues
dealing with development. All policy documents are published on the Cabinet of
Minister’s website before being accepted and are open to comments from
interested stakeholders in an inclusive negotiation process. A monthly meeting
takes place between the Prime Minister and the interested NGOs. Latvia’s plans
of mainstreaming the SDGs in the planning process were presented and discussed
at these meetings. The Cross- Sectoral Coordination Centre and line ministries
respond to requests from NGOs, the UNESCO Latvian National Committee and other
non-state actors about future plans. NGOs will be providing information on their roles in implementing the
NDP2020, which already includes many targets in line with the SDGs. Data and analysis is shared by the academic
sector. The Employers’ Confederation and the Confederation of Trade Unions
participate regularly in policy discussions, and they are also members,
together with representatives of the academia, in the National Development
Council. Therefore, no formal partnerships will be signed, since this would
rather exclude stakeholders than guarantee inclusivity in the national implementation
of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
|Leading Ministry and
Cross Sectoral Coordination Centre is responsible for long-term and medium-term
planning in the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for
development cooperation priorities, and Latvia’s positions on global issues are
determined by the relevant ministries.
|Other ministries involved
ministries are responsible for mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda in their
respective priority areas.
|Main contact point for the
|Links to main websites/
documents on national
implementation of the
2030 Agenda and SDGs
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