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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration


National — sub-national linkages

Generally, the structure for SD policy-making is very centralised in Malta. The main reason for this is that local authorities have limited responsibilities and also lack resources (technical, financial, etc).

Following the Rio +20 Summit on Sustainable Development organised by the United Nations in June 2012, Malta undertook the task to provide a legislative framework through which government can integrate sustainable development in its operations as well as raising awareness on sustainable development issues across all strata and sectors of government and society in general.  The Act provides for the establishment of three structures to drive the sustainable development agenda.  These are namely the Competent Authority which is responsible for a number of functions as defined by the Act; the Guardian of Future Generations entrusted with promoting sustainable development principles and safeguarding the interests of future generations; and the Sustainable Development Network responsible for promoting sustainable development locally.

The major responsibility for the planning and implementation of the sustainable development policies lies with the national level supplemented by a direct input by local authorities and sectoral ministries.

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. Malta has published its first national report on implementing the EU SDS in July 2007.


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 18 July 2016

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