Last February 21st, nrg4SD organized the webinar “Regional governments & 2030 Agenda: dialogue on the territorial implementation of the SDGs”. The webinar successfully established a fruitful dialogue among regional governments’ practitioners on the main actions and challenges faced to enable the territorial implementation of the SDGs.
The recording of the webinar is available here. The online encounter counted with presentations from nrg4SD Secretariat on the roadmap and opportunities for regions towards the HLPF 2018, from UNDP Art on available tools to support territorial implementation and the concrete case of Basque Country. In addition, regional governments as Sao Paulo, Catalonia and Goias joined an interesting exchange of experiences.
The unique and exemplar case of the Basque Country may inspire regional governments around the world. From developed internal training opportunities, workshops, raising-awareness sessions and strengthening partnerships, the government is about to adopt a dedicated governmental strategy to implement the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
Below you will find a guest-article by Ms. Leyre Madariaga, Director for Foreign Affairs of the Basque Country government, sharing their process and views on the 2030 Agenda:
2030 Agenda: An opportunity for the Basque Country
On September 25, 2015 the UN General Assembly approved by unanimity the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an action plan developed for people, the planet and universal prosperity and peace, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be implemented in a 15-year term, from 2015 to 2030.
Since the preparatory phase of the Agenda, both the UN and the Europen Comission, have highlighted the important role of sub-State governments in its implementation, due to their capacities, resources and specific knowledge of their realities and most urgent necessities of their citizens. Each territory has to take up this path considering their own circumnstances. This is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the 2030 Agenda, its commitment to enable a territorial dimension and its adaptation at the regional level.
This is why the Basque Government has taken on the universal challenge of the 2030 Agenda, and has adhered to the global commitment to contribute to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
As Lehendakari (President) Urkullu said in his inauguration speech on Novemeber 2016, “The new international agenda adopted on September 2015, offers the Basque Country a unique opportunity to build a future project aligned with the challenges of the global scenario. In fact, the commitment of the 2030 Agenda, to “ensure that no one is left behind”, aligns with the firmest commitment that I, as Lehendakari, have communicated to the Basque society and that we reissue today. Our commitment is to comply with the Sustainable Development Goals in collaboration with all other institutions”.
In this regard, the Basque Country is already taking steps towards the ensuring our ownership and the implementation of the SDGs in its territory:
- Raising-awareness and dissemination: communication campaigns, capacity building workshops to the Basque Government’s staff, elaboration of dissemination material and translation to euskera of related documents.
- Involvement of representatives from different sectors of the Basque society (business, education, NGOs, academia, etc.) in the discussion of the SDGs. Also strengthening partnerships with othe global, European and Spanish organzations, institutions, agencies, regions and international networks, as a mechanism to share experiences and promote our commitment to the 2030 Agenda. Neither the administration, nor private actors or civil society alone can achieve these goals.
- Alignment among Basque Country’s public policies and the 2030 Agenda.
In February 21st, 2017, it was adopted the Government Programme, highlighting our commitment with the Basque society for the XI legislature, which consists of four pillars, 15 Country Goals, 10 axes and 175 commitments, to advance in human sustainable development. Our Country Goals can be grouped into five levels, around the UN 2030 Agenda fives Ps: prosperity, people, planet, peace and partnership. In addition, all this, under a governance model based on transparency, constant evaluation and accountability. The Goals and Targets included in the Government Programme are inspired by the 2030 Agenda.
This work is not new to the Basque Country, our government has a long history in transversal policies for environmental sustainability, gender and social cohesion.
Regardless, the Basque Government wants to go further and faster in its commitment to the achievement of the global challenges. With that in mind, we are finalizing the draft of the first Euskadi Basque Country 2030 Agenda, which will also cover the 2016 – 2020 government programme, linking the 17 SDGs and a 100 of the 2030 Agenda targets to the commitments adopted by the Basque Country, also through 66 planning instruments, 15 legislative initiatives, and 51 indicators. This effort will allow us to effectively align our public policies with this universal Agenda, attaining visibility to the Basque Country’s contribution to the implementation and achievement of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. In order to become a relevant global actor and ensure our voice is heard, we must actively contribute to the realization of this scenario.
The Euskadi Basque Country 2030 Agenda, which will be adopted next, will reflect the level of alignment and contribution of the different government’s sectoral policies, objectives and goals to the 17 SDGs. The Sustainable Development Goals do not dictate what we have to do, they define a context to help us set out our priorities, taking into account our territorial reality. Therefore, Basque Government shares and commits to this mandate.