|Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates
The first NSDS was adopted by the Czech Government in December 2004.
On 11 January 2010, the Czech Government adopted the Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in the Czech Republic,
however the intended follow-up in the form of implementation plan focusing on
mechanism of policy coordination and coherence wasn’t adopted. Fulfilling of
the Strategic Framework remained only on the voluntary basis (e. g. at
The situation has changed in 2015 when the government decided to update the
Strategic Framework and align it with 2030 Agenda. The main reference document
outlining the national vision of the SDGs in the Czech Republic was adopted by
the Government in 2017 and is entitled the Strategic
Framework Czech Republic 2030 (hereinafter „Czech Republic 2030“). It serves as a tool to implement the SDGs
in to the national context, i.e. as framework for other strategic documents on
national, regional and local levels areas that are decisive for long-term and
sustainable development of the Czech Republic.
In 2018 followed two other important documents
adopted by the Government: Implementation
plan of the Strategic Framework Czech Republic 2030 (hereinafter „Implementation plan“) which includes
277 measures and more than 300 recommendations for fulfilling 97 specific goals
and simultaneously Implementing the 2030
Agenda in the Czech Republic. Implementing
Agenda 2030 assesses the relevance all of 2030 Agenda 169 targets and set
responsibilities for each relevant target in internal and external dimension.
It also defines interlinkages between the 2030 Agenda and the Czech Republic 2030 and sets out the key
(and general) measures for fulfilling of the SDGs in the Czech Republic that
are beyond the Czech Republic 2030 scope.
|Type of SD strategy
The strategic framework defines long-term objectives not only in the
social, environmental and economic pillars of sustainable development, but also
covers governance, global development and regional and urban development. It
sets forth 27 strategic goals and 97 targets aimed at improving people’s
wellbeing, while respecting the principles of sustainable development. The
document serves as an overarching framework for sectoral strategies and is
intended to inspire regional and local strategies. For the adoption of specific
measures are responsible the relevant public administration bodies which are
accompanied by the (voluntary) activities of non-governmental stakeholders.
The division of the Czech Republic 2030 into six thematic clusters (People and Society,
Economy, Resilient Ecosystems, Regions and Municipalities, Global Development
and Good Governance) is based on combination of participation and an expert
analysis, which was carried out in the initial stage of the preparation of the
|Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process
Since 1st April 2018 the Ministry of
the Environment (MoE) is responsible for the
sustainable development agenda. The Sustainable Development Unit at the MoE
coordinates the implementation of the Czech
Republic 2030 at the governmental level and provides also technical and
administrative support to ministries.
The Minister of the Environment chairs the Government Council for Sustainable Development of the
Czech Republic (hereinafter „GCSD“ or “the Council”), the government’s
permanent advisory, initiating and coordinating body for the areas of SD,
strategic management and long-term priorities of the state and is involved in
the process of Agenda 2030 and Czech Republic 2030 implementation.
In 2019 a network of focal points covering all ministries was
established. The aim of this network is to connect persons responsible
for the coordination and communication with the Sustainable Development Unit at
the Ministry of the Environment which is the leading institution in the
sustainable development agenda.
|Link to the SD strategy
Framework Czech Republic 2030
|Further information about
the SD strategy process
The Czech Republic 2030 replaced
the 2010 Strategic Framework for
Sustainable Development in the Czech Republic. Its preparation was
significantly influenced by the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs in
September 2015 and of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Czech Republic 2030 serves as a basis for evaluating the
development of the Czech Republic and its global responsibility.
Public consultations on the initial proposals started in May 2015. Hundreds
of experts were involved in drafting of the document and it was consulted with
more than a hundred civil, private and academic organizations and institutions.
It involved 6 roundtables, an electronic consultation, a presentation of the draft
in both chambers of the Parliament and discussing at the GCSD. Nine expert
committees of the GCSD provided significant support in this process. The final
version of the Czech Republic 2030 was
adopted by the Government in April 2017, followed by adoption of Implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Czech
Republic document in October 2018. The drafting of the Implementation plan started in February 2017 through a broad
participatory process (consisted from 8 round tables in regions and discussing
in GCSD committees) to ensure the engagement of all relevant actors in the
discussion on its form, then it was also adopted in the fall of 2018.
At the end of 2020, the first evaluation reports,
both on fulfilling of the Strategic
Framework Czech Republic 2030 and the 2030 Agenda implementation in the
Czech Republic, will be available. Based on outcomes of the firts one will be updated the Implementation plan
for the next three years. The Czech Republic 2030 is
going to be updated in 2023.
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National Implementation of 2030 Agenda for SD
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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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration
National — sub-national linkages
Czech Republic 2030 sets national priorities of
the sustainable development, together with the principles and goals of the
Agenda 2030 and other international obligations. It is an overarching strategic
framework from which to base strategies at the sub-national level (but it isn´t
The support of the local governments and
municipalities in the implementation of the Czech
Republic 2030 is provided by the MoE and the Ministry for Regional
Development. In particular, there is a need for methodological support for
emerging approaches and initiatives based on voluntary search for solutions
that are consistent with the principles of sustainable development. It seems
meaningful to develop existing tools used by cities, municipalities and regions
and it is important to further develop Local Agenda 21 (hereinafter „LA21“) as
the most developed sustainability assessment tool at local level so far.
The LA21 Working Group of the GCSD is an
advisory body, platform for the discussion and the setting of rules for the
evaluation of LA21, moderated and coordinated by the Ministry of the
Environment. The members are different stakeholders – representatives of the
different resort organisations, towns and regions, municipal associations, NGOs
and universities. CENIA, the administrator of LA21, is also a member. CENIA,
Czech Environmental Information Agency is an agency funded and financed
directly by the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic. Dealings and
information are open for all interested parties. Minutes and records from the
meetings are collected and published on the website: www.ma21.cz, from as far back as the year
LA21 as a tool for SD implementation – methods
and evaluation (criteria, indicators) settled from national level, cooperation
on the stakeholder platform (see Horizontal Integration below). It is
updated in accordance with global and in a European context and challenges and
cooperates with many different experts. LA21 is realized at regional and local
level. Advanced municipalities work with data and factor it into their current
situation. Analysis (in the form of audits) in 10 areas of SD (according to the
Aalborg Commitments). Experts make up the opponency with recommendations. LA21
in the Czech Republic is a long term voluntary system, free of charge for these
who are interested in it. The Coordinator is the Ministry of the Environment,
the advisory body is the LA21 Working Group (see below). In the system over 85
municipalities are involved, a further over 100 are registered as interested.
There are also 61 subjects registered (e.g. NGOs) but, they don’t adhere to the
criteria (which are only for municipalities).
The Czech Republic promotes global implementation of international
commitments on sustainable development, their implementation at EU level and
their incorporation into activities of international organizations and fulfills
these commitments. It supports the fulfillment of SDGs, specifically the SDG 16
at global and EU levels and is actively promoting the monitoring and
implementation of policy coherence at EU level, in the EU’s external policies
and at global level.
The Development Cooperation Strategy of the Czech Republic (2018) and the Foreign Policy Concept of the Czech Republic (2015) are linked to the Czech Republic
2030. In general the SDG 1 and SDG 17 are relevant for the Czech
development assistance respectively the external dimension of Agenda 2030
In addition the Czech Republic is active in the Working Party on the 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development of the Council of the EU.
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Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration
MoE (respectively the SD Unit) fulfills a number of functions in the
implementation process. MoE (SD unit) cooperates with other ministries and
actors on selected issues and, at the same time, through its own analytical
capacity, acts as an opponent negotiating with all stakeholders.
Since 2019 the MoE (SD Unit) also co-ordinates respective ministries
through a so-called focal points network – persons responsible for intra- and interdepartmental coordination and
communication with the MoE on issues relating to the implementation of the Czech Republic 2030 and sustainable
development agenda at all.
It ensures the activity of the GCSD and participates in activities of a
number of other advisory and working bodies that enable cross-sectoral
cooperation, coordination and feedback. Representatives from Parliament, all
ministries, NGOs, municipalities, industry, agriculture, trade unions,
research, academic society and other stakeholders are members of the 8
Committees of the Council and many working groups.
of the Council are the following:
Committee for Socio-Economic Development
Committee for Landscape, Water and Biodiversity
Committee for Sustainable Transport
Committee for Sustainable Energy
Committee for Sustainable Municipalities
Committee for Education for Sustainable Development
for Foreign Policy Coordination for Sustainable Development
Committee for Sustainable Development Indicators
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Evaluation and Review
Compliance of other sectoral and regional strategic documents, programs and
measures with the Czech Republic 2030,
its fulfillment, the application of the principles of sustainable development,
improvements in wellbeing and quality of life and progress on the national
goals will be monitored and evaluated in an evaluation report (Report on the Quality of Life and its
Sustainability), which is going to be submitted to the Government in
The core of the report will be an analytical part, which will evaluate
fulfilling of the Czech Republic's 2030 goals
through specific measures and recommendations from the Implementation plan. The source for elaboration of the report will
be reports from the responsible ministries on activities to implement the
measures and recommendations of the Implementation
plan, which will be submitted to the MoE in three-year intervals (the
first reports will be submitted by the responsible ministries by 31st March
2020). The report will be build on 192 indicators of Czech Republic 2030 designed
to operationalize its 97 specific goals/targets, and parallel set of indicators
measuring progress in wellbeing. It will include recommendations for policies,
strategic documents, concepts, programs and measures based on the compliance
assessment results. Other parts of the report will take into account the level
of public engagement in implementation, methodological support for
municipalities and developing tools for sustainable development. Together with
the report will be submitted also a proposal for the Implementation plan update to match the results of the analysis,
the development of quality of life indicators, new trends and expertise.
Data will be collected and indicators prepared by the respective Committee
of the GCSD under the auspice of the Czech Statistical Office. A draft report
will be then prepared by the Sustainable Development Unit (MoE) and accordingly
consulted with the relevant Committees, approved by GCSD, will undergo
interdepartmental consulting procedure and will be submitted to the Government.
At the end of 2020, the first evaluation reports will be available, both from
fulfilling of the Czech Republic 2030 and
of the Implementing the 2030 Agenda in
the Czech Republic.
Voluntary National Review
The Czech Republic underwent VNR
for the first time in 2017, at
which time the Strategic Framework Czech
Republic 2030 was only recently adopted. The results in the 2017 VNR were
based on the OECD Study „Measuring the
Distance to SDGs Targets“. The Czech Republic will submit its second VNR in 2021.
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Indicators and Monitoring
The role of the Czech Statistical Office is to provide the MoE with
assistance in monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Czech Republic 2030, co-ordinating
collecting data from respective ministries and other responsible institutions.
In May 2017, the availability of data in the Czech Republic on selected
indicators from the global indicator framework began to be assessed. Indicators
were selected based on their data availability and methodological maturity. The
aim was to identify those indicators from the global set to which the Czech
Republic can prove the data. Therefore, potential responsible authorities were
identified and asked to assess the availability of the data for these
indicators. At the end of 2018 is relevant for the Czech Republic 123
indicators from 244.
A national indicator set of 192 indicators was developed to monitor the
fulfillment of national priorities defined by the Czech Republic’s 2030 objectives. These indicators will primarily
be used to measure progress at the level of 97 specific objectives of the Czech Republic 2030 and have therefore
been set with regard to the national context. There is the will to apply the
global indicator framework for monitoring and reporting on the implementation
of SDGs as much as possible.
well-being indicators will be further developed and position policies outcomes
in broader context of social trends and take into account the distribution of
outcomes through the society.
The Indicators report is
planned to be submitted together with the assessing report of strategic
framework Czech Republic 2030 and Implementing 2030 Agenda every three years
Progress reports on Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development pre
SDG’s from years 2006, 2007, 2009 are
available online in English language and those from 2012, 2013 and 2016 only in
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Partnership and stakeholder engagement are one
of the guiding principles, which run through all priority areas of the Czech SD
strategic framework. The Czech Republic 2030 is a result of a
participatory process lasting more than a year, mostly on the platform of the
GCSD. It involved hundreds of experts from different sectors, including the
work of the nine GCSD Committees and several working groups, a series of round
tables formed around the key areas, CSO platform consultations, discussion in
both chambers of Parliament. Experts from various ministries and committees of
the GCSD were also involved in the preparations of the Implementation plan and 8 round tables were organized in regional
cities with the participation of dozens of representatives from the public and
non-governmental sectors at the regional and local level. The aim of the round
tables was, in addition to introduction of the goals of the Czech Republic 2030, mainly to obtain
suggestions for the implementation document that would take into an account the
specifics of the regional and local levels and to create a network of future
co-workers who could help to implement, monitor and evaluate the fulfillment of
the Czech Republic’s 2030 goals. Such
an integrated approach, where all relevant sectors are included, is vital for
addressing such a complex agenda successfully.
of the Environment is responsible for ensuring the involvement of all relevant
actors, both generally in the implementation process and in the case of
In terms of outreach and communication, the MoE has an internal
communication strategy focused on raising awareness on sustainable development
issues and the SDGs in particular, including the Czech Republic 2030. Stakeholder engagement has to-date been
promoted by membership in the Government Council for Sustainable Development
and its 9 committees and also by the activities (such as regional consultations
and regional round tables) of the SD Unit.
The Czech Republic has been inspired by the Finnish crowdsourcing model to
create the concept of voluntary commitments to individual objectives of the Czech Republic 2030, with the
possibility of non-governmental entities and individuals to support the
implementation of the framework. Individual commitments, including the date of
their fulfillment and indicators, are made public and recorded on the website. This
platform also helps to share good practice in relation to the Czech Republic’s
2030 implementation and is administered by the SD Unit within the MoE.
In order to ensure communication and popularization of sustainable
development, the Sustainable Development Forum and European Sustainable
Development Week are organized by the SD Unit annually.
Apart from the official multi-stakeholder coordinating bodies, the MoE is
partner of “SDGs Awards” organized
by the Social Responsibility Association, which helps companies and general
public to raise their awareness of sustainable development and the SDGs.
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A number of development strategies of cities and
municipalities is based on the principles of sustainable development. This is
explicitly imposed by the Act No. 248/2000 Coll., on regional development (in §
18, paragraph 14) to large cities - Brno, Ostrava, Plzen, Ústí nad Labem,
Pardubice, Olomouc and the City of Prague. Some other cities, such as Havirov,
Kladno, Prague 8, also developed their own sustainable development strategies,
A special item are the Smart City strategies, which
contribute significantly to the achievement of SDG 11. In this sense, not only
the Smart City strategies of a number of cities in the Czech Republic (at
present approximately 30 strategies) have been published, but also the SMART
Czech Republic/ Sustainable Czech Republic Strategy of the Union of Towns and
Municipalities of the Czech Republic is
under preparation. This strategy is being developed in close cooperation with
the Ministry for Regional Development and a number of partners.
local initiative is a LEADER approach represented by Local Action Groups
(LAGs). There are 179 LAGs, 167 of them are members of The National Network of
LAGs in the Czech Republic. They represent local partnership of municipalities,
entrepreneurs and NNOs. Their mission is support of sustainable and balanced
development of rural areas. And it is based on the bottom-up approach. LAGs
realize 178 Strategies of Community–led Local Development altogether; 106 of
them contribute to fulfilling to the selected goal of the Operational Programme
Environment 2014-2020. It means there is a strong regional support for chosen
aims in nature protection (typically tree planting either in urban areas or in
countryside) which covers 53,35 % of The Czech Republic area.
LA 21 initiatives:
to several partial ways in which the state supports sustainable development at
local level (especially methodically and financially), there is a
system/comprehensive tool in the Czech Republic: Local Agenda 21 (hereinafter
LA21). The Sustainable Development Progress and Assessment system came from
Chapter 28, Agenda 21 and has been continuously updated. At present, the
starting document is Agenda 2030 and aims to fulfill SDGs in a way that is
relevant at local level. The plan is to declare the interconnection also in the
title under the new concept: "Local Agenda 2030". Within the vertical
interconnection there is also a systemic cooperation
addition to the vertical interconnection of the different levels of public administration,
there is also a horizontal interconnection. The Working Group for LA21 of the
Government Council for Sustainable Development is a platform for stakeholder
discussion, but also a systematic setting of methodology and evaluation. The
LA21 system is coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, administered by
CENIA - www.ma21.cz. Representatives of ministries, the academic sphere of NGOs
and municipal associations meet in the Working Group. The LA21 represents 10
areas of sustainable development (according to the Aalborg Commitments) and
cross-cutting themes such as participation, education and awareness and
strategic planning. The state finance expert opponents of so-called audits in
all 10 areas for advanced cities, including expert recommendations for further
The basic set of indicators is
contained in the ‘Criteria for LA 21’ and serves the purpose of moving up on
the scale of categories D, C, B, A when fulfilled. This set is open to
development and modification and customized for different types of
municipalities (small villages, urban districts, LAGs).
83 active entities and approximately 108 municipalities and 63 cooperating
entities (e.g. NGOs) are registered in the system. At the top of the quality
rating within the Agenda are two medium-sized towns, followed by two other
towns and one small municipality. In the Strategic Framework Czech Republic
2030 the qualitative and quantitative increase of LA21 is one of the specific
objectives. The LA21 system was assessed in detail by the OECD and its further
support was recommended. LA21 is a voluntary instrument - for this reason its
use and success depend on the will of the political leadership of the
municipality. It is a long-term concept that goes beyond one term.
The Healthy Cities of the Czech
Republic is a municipal association with over 130 member cities/regions dealing
with topics of sustainability, quality of life and health support. Actively
supports local administration in SD topics including indicators, strategies and
its management, evaluation and public participation. Runs a Good Practice Database
and a nationwide database system with national / regional / local strategies
with possible linkages to SDGs and SD topics. With university experts develops
a portal with SD indicators, standards and methodologies. Participates in the
activities of the Czech Governmental Council of SD.
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