The Basque Government sends the Euskadi Basque Country 2030 Agenda fourth monitoring report to the United Nations

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The Basque Government, through the General Secretariat for Social Transition and the 2030 Agenda, sent its fourth 2020 progress  report on the 2030 Agenda to UNDESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs)

The Basque Executive has evaluated, verified and disseminated the degree of progress in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations since 2017 and has held direct state and international discussions.

The General Secretariat for External Affairs already drafted annual monitoring reports in 2017, 2018 and 2019 that were sent to the Basque Parliament, which the 2020 Voluntary Local Review (VLR) has now been added. It created a system of compliance indicators with the Government Programme that serves as the basis for these reports.

Euskadi, European benchmark in the implementation of the SDGs 

The European Manual on Voluntary Reviews/VLR on the implementation of the SDGs, prepared by the European Commission’s Innovation Agency has already recognised the Basque Country as a pioneering region in the implementation of the SDGs. It cites the Basque Government as the first non-state executive to publish a Monitoring Report in 2017 and places the Basque Country at the top of the list of territories with the highest number of reports drafted.

The OECD also made reference to the Basque Country in its strategic report entitled, “A territorial approach to the sustainable development goals”, for its work in incorporating the SDGs into regional policies as an example of good practices in pioneering cities and regions, adding that the Euskadi 2030 Agenda was developed to align the government programme for the administration and sectoral policies related to the SDGs.

By adopting the 2030 Agenda, sub-state institutions have been actively implementing the 2030 Agenda in their local framework, bringing the SDGs closer to the public and using the framework as a planning and implementation tool. The Basque Country meanwhile has achieved a prominent position.

As part of its monitoring and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages “periodic and inclusive reviews of progress on a national and sub-national basis.” Paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda urges major groups and other stakeholders, including regional and local authorities, to report on their contribution to the implementation of the Agenda.

The Basque Government will pursue the annual reports procedure for meeting the acquired commitments. Compliance with the established priorities and the actions of the Basque Government in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals will be evaluated in addition to assessing the development of sectoral public policies in relation to the 2030 Agenda.