National — sub-national linkages
The first draft of the SNSDS (prepared by a working group consisting
of all government ministries) was distributed to the regional authorities for
comments and feedback. Moreover, the SNSDS was discussed with regional
representatives in the so-called ‘sectoral conferences’ in which the national
and regional Administrations discuss sectoral policy issues.
Regional representatives were also invited and participated in the
‘Conference on Sustainable Development’ which was held in July 2007. Several
stakeholder groups participated and discussed in working groups on various
dimensions of the SNSDS. Many comments were received during this conference
which would then be included in the SNSDS.
Most of the 17 autonomous regions have developed their own regional
SD strategies, although with different degrees of formality; for instance the
strategies of these regions may be consulted on-line: Catalonia,
y León, Andalucía,
Rioja, Valencia and Castilla-La Mancha.
Regions mainly include their own particular circumstances in these
strategies. However, they have to take into account the SNSDS as well as the EU
Although no formal body for the coordination between national and
sub-national levels has been established (there is no National Council for SNSDS),
sectoral policies are coordinated by the national government and agreements are
discussed and eventually signed in those areas for which the regions have
implementation responsibilities. The main concern here is to include
environmental issues (i.e. SD issues) in sectoral policies.
The 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. Spain published its first national report
on implementing the EU SDS in July 2007. Since then, regional and sectoral
surveys take that commitment in charge.
included seven high-priority areas: climate
change and clean energies; sustainable transport; sustainable production and
consumption; public health challenges; management of natural resources; social
inclusion, demography and migration; and the fight against world-wide poverty.
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