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Basic information

Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates


The current government has announced in their government program (October 2011) that a new and binding sustainability strategy with fixed goals, time limits and associated indicators and monitoring process will be developed.

The previous Danish Government published the latest NSDS in March 2009 with the title “Vækst med Omtanke” (in Danish only).

At the Nordic level a new Nordic Sustainable development strategy including a sustainable development indicator set is currently being developed (to be published in 2013). The indicators will include data from all the Nordic countries, including Denmark.

Type of SD strategy

The current NSDS covers all three dimensions of SD plus global/international issues.

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Ministry of the Environment

Link to the SD strategy

"Vækst med Omtanke" (2009)

The current set of sustainable development indicators connected to the former Danish National Strategy for Sustainable Development (2002):æredygtig+udvikling/Dansk/Indikator/IndikatorerBU.htm

The full list(s) of NSDS objectives as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:

Further information about
the SD strategy process


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National Implementation of 2030 Agenda for SD

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Leading Ministry and
respective unit
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Other ministries involved [No information available]
Main contact point for the
implementation process
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Links to main websites/
documents on national
implementation of the
2030 Agenda and SDGs
[No information available]
Voluntary National Reviews


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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration

National — sub-national linkages


With regards to the current NSDS, there are no strategic mechanisms for the involvement of sub-national levels in the implementation.

In the preparation of the current NSDS (from 2009), the sub-national levels were involved in the consultation process and in the ‘direct dialogues’.

The municipalities have their own SD strategies, which are required by the Planning Act. These ‘Agenda 21 strategies’ must be renewed every four years. There is no direct link between these strategies and the NSDS. However, an indirect link exists, as the strategies have to be submitted to the Ministry of Environment.

Furthermore, there are several partnerships between the national and sub-national levels, e.g. a Green Public Procurement Partnership. These partnerships are related to the objectives formulated in the NSDS.

EU linkages


The renewed EU Strategy for Sustainable Development (EU SDS) that was adopted in June 2006 foresees that Member States bi-annually report about how they address the priorities of the EU SDS. Denmark has published its first national report on implementing the EU SDS in summer 2007.


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Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration


The Ministry of Environment is responsible for the coordination of the NSDS process. Several other ministries were involved in a close inter-ministerial cooperation in the development of the latest strategy, especially the ministries of transportation, health, energy, education, foreign affairs, food and consumption, science, taxation, and economics and business affairs.


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Evaluation and Review


In June 2007, the Danish Government published a discussion paper prior to the revision of the former NSDS. The discussion paper was part of a broad public debate, which was taken into account in the revision of NSDS (published in 2009).


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Indicators and Monitoring


Monitoring and reporting are coordinated by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, although there is no exact deadlines or exact format for reports on the strategy.

There have not been published a set of indicators connected to the current NSDS.

The existing set of SD indicators was developed in relation to the former NSDS from 2002, and last updated in September 2008.

The full list(s) of indicators as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:


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In June 2007, the Danish Government published a draft for the renewed NSDS in the form of a discussion paper. This document was publicly discussed with several stakeholder groups. Around 230 stakeholders were involved in the participatory process, which included roundtable discussions and direct dialogues with youth groups, sub-national authorities, business and industry, NGOs and the financial sector.

Since the Danish Nature Council was dissolved in 2002, no National Council for SD exists in Denmark.


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Sub-national activities

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This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 30 October 2017

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