Slovenia & 2030 Agenda for
On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
Slovenia is fully committed to all 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda, which is the most comprehensive development action plan to date. By adopting the 2030 Agenda two years ago, we demonstrated our strong determination to work together in dealing with the key challenges of our era. The 2030 Agenda is universal and transformative in nature. It is people- and planet-oriented. It is inclusive. It promises to leave no one behind and to ensure a life of dignity and equality for all human beings. Furthermore, it includes a vision that by acting together we can make a better future for the people and our planet. – Dr Miro Cerar, the Prime Minister of Slovenia
Voluntary National Review of Slovenia – 2017
The Government of Slovenia prepared its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) of the Agenda 2030 already in the second year after it came into force. The review was presented at the 2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF)on Sustainable Development (New York, 10 – 19 July 2017).
Slovenia was one of the 44 UN member states that prepared their national reports on implementing and achieving SDGs and carried out presentations at the 2017 HLPF. Slovenia decided for an inclusive approach by engaging various stakeholders in the preparation of the report as well as the presentation itself. As a part of the full report a special chapter focused on the youth.
The implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Slovenia was successfully presented by Ms Alenka Smerkolj, Minister for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion together with Mr Kamal Izidor Shaker, Member of the Parliament of Slovenia, Ms Sabina Carli, Slovenian UN Youth Delegate, Mr Albin Keuc, Sloga Platform Director, and Ms Sabina Stadler, Director-General for Multilateral Affairs, Development Cooperation and International Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia.
In her opening statement Ms Smerkolj pointed out the strong commitment of Slovenia to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. According to the SDG Index, developed by Bertelsmann Stiftung and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Slovenia ranks 9 out of 157 countries regarding sustainable development, which is an important signal that Slovenia as a county is taking the right steps as well as a reminder to continue on the path of implementing necessary policies via inclusive process in cooperation with stakeholders and civil society, notably in the areas where Slovenia is lagging behind.
To ensure that Agenda 2030 and the SDGs will not be merely a wish list on a global scale, Slovenia is working on making them our reality. By including the SDGs into the National Development Strategy, we can ensure that they become an important part of our national development plan for our common future. An important step towards a more inclusive and integrated approach on a Governmental level was already made in the process of preparing the National development strategy that we call Slovenia 2030. Groundwork for the strategy presents the Vision of Slovenia 2050 that was formed by our citizens during a one-year process that gave voice to the people of Slovenia regarding the future they wish for themselves and generations to come.
Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy prepared the report in cooperation with all the ministries and conveyed an analysis on how we as a nation are already fulfilling the Agenda 2030. We compiled 43 stories, best practices and policies which are already actively implementing the SDGs on a national level or internationally. Throughout this process valuable lessons were learned, especially regarding the stakeholder approach and what are the benefits of engaging our youth, NGO`s, private sector, Parliament and Academia in the preparation itself.
About Voluntary National Reviews
As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven”). These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the high-level political forum (HLPF), meeting under the auspices of ECOSOC. As stipulated in paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, regular reviews by the HLPF are to be voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and involve multiple stakeholders.
The voluntary national reviews (VNRs) aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Slovenia Focal Point:
Mr. Timotej Šooš
National Development Strategy Lead
Government Office for Development