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 took place in 2017.
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 its 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
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.
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 sufficient.
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. Before being approved
by the Cabinet, all policy documents are published on the Cabinet of Minister’s
website 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
|Leading Ministry and
The 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
The Prime Minister is responsible for coordinating
the national implementation of 2030 Agenda for SD.
|Other ministries involved
All 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
Latvia submitted a VNR in 2018
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