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the context of the national strategy for sustainable development adopted in
2017, technical working groups with representatives of each level of governance
are set-up to prepare the decision of the Interministerial Conference for
Sustainable Development. There is one administrative steering group, a working
party on NSDS, a working party on sustainable public procurements and a working
party on international policy.
On the level of local governments, Local Agenda 21 initiatives have been
developed by numerous municipalities. The municipalities also receive support of their respective regional
government to boost sustainable development.
Wallonia, the Walloon Region has organised training sessions for local
authorities in order to integrate SDGs in their “strategical transversal
plans”. Dedicated tools are available for helping them implementing SDGs in
their policies and projects (see chapter SDGs).
Flanders, VVSG, the Flemish Association of Cities and Munipalities [vdWC1] launched a large series of initiatives. Recently, three actions are
put at the forefront :
· Awareness raising video ‘We the mayors for the SDGs’. Flemish mayors explain
in clear language (and in their own dialect) what the SDGs are about. Available
in English and French.
• Update of the publication ‘Local
support for global challenges’. For each SDG, we give some examples of local
actions and we add good local practices. Available in English.
• Publication The SDGs in municipal
international cooperation. SDG 17 with a focus on international partnerships
and solidarity is a crucial element of the Agenda 2030. This publication gives
examples and ideas on how to integrate the SDGs into international cooperation
between local governments. The publication is available in English and Spanish
and soon also in French.
the context of the 2009 review of the EU-SDS Belgium has actively participated
in the Friends of the Presidency meetings.
2010 Federal Act on SD extends the duration of the new FPSD from four to five
years to better match with the respective EU and regional legislation cycles.
first Flemish strategy for SD was
based on the European Strategy for SD (EU SDS).
the interaction with the European and multilateral level is concerned, existing
coordination platforms for political and strategic orientation (e.g. Coordination
Multilateral - Coormulti and DG Europe - DGE) will continue to serve as mechanisms
to determine the common Belgian position by taking on board the positions of
the federal and federated entities
renewed EU Strategy for Sustainable Development (EU SDS), adopted in June 2006,
foresees that Member States bi-annually report about how they address the
priorities of the EU SDS. Belgium has published its first national report on implementing the EU SDS in
June 2007. In the context of the 2009 review of the EU-SDS Belgium has actively
participated in the Friends of the Presidency meetings.
Federal Act on SD extends the duration of the new FPSD from four to five years
to better match with the respective EU and regional legislation cycles.
Flemish strategy for SD was based on
the European Strategy for SD (EU SDS).
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