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Basic information

Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

The NSDS was adopted by the Czech Government in December 2004.
 
On 11 January 2010, the Czech Government adopted the updated Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Czech Republic entitled "Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in the Czech Republic".

Type of SD strategy

Covers all three dimensions of SD, plus R&D and education, European and international issues as well as good governance.

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Government Council for Sustainable Development

Link to the SD strategy
document

Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in the Czech Republic (2010) -Office of the Government of the Czech Republic: www.vlada.cz.

http://www.vlada.cz/assets/ppov/udrzitelny-rozvoj/The-Strategic-Framework-for-SD_2010.pdf

The full list(s) of NSDS objectives as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:

Further information about
the SD strategy process

 

 

·  First Progress Report on the Czech Republic SDS (2006)

·  Second Progress Report on the Czech Republic NSDS (2007)

·  Third Progress Report on the Czech Republic NSDS (2009)

·  Progress Report on the Czech Republic Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in the Czech Republic (2012) http://www.vlada.cz/assets/ppov/udrzitelny-rozvoj/dokumenty/RVUR_Situacni-zprava-2012.pdf

·  Progress Report on the Czech Republic Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in the Czech Republic (2013) http://www.vlada.cz/assets/ppov/udrzitelny-rozvoj/dokumenty/RVUR_Situacni-zprava-2013.pdf  

·  Progress Report on the Czech Republic Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in the Czech Republic (2016) http://www.vlada.cz/assets/ppov/udrzitelny-rozvoj/dokumenty/Situacni-zprava-ke-Strategickemu-ramci-udrzitelneho-rozvoje-CR-2016.pdf

 

 

 

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National Implementation of 2030 Agenda for SD

 

 

The process of implementation of the Agenda 2030 on the national level is led by the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic and supported by the Government Council on Sustainable Development. In order to reflect upon the principles, goals and targets of the Agenda 2030, the Government decided to review the Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development of the Czech Republic (2010). Final document titled “Czech Republic 2030” will be submitted by the end of 2016 and will come into effect in early 2017. The strategic framework outlined in the “Czech Republic 2030” is designed to serve as an umbrella mechanism for sectoral national strategies implementing sustainable development goals on the national level.

A public consultation on initial proposals started in May 2015. The drafting phase has been thereafter carried out in close cooperation with representatives of the Parliament, ministries, local and regional authorities, local branches of UN agencies and wide range of other stakeholders including civil society, private sector, academia and labour unions gathered in the Government Council on Sustainable Development and its 9 Committees. The Council is chaired by the Prime Minister and serves as the main forum ensuring consultation and building new partnerships among different actors in the SD. One of the main tasks of the Council will be also to follow up and review the national implementation of the new strategic framework and Agenda 2030 and encourage the society's commitment to SD.

The work of the Council is supported by its Secretariat based in the Department for Sustainable development at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. The institutional location of the Secretariat allows horizontal integration, cross-sectoral coordination and mainstreaming of all three pillars of the SD into national policy-making.

 

 

Leading Ministry and
respective unit

 

Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Unit for Sustainable Development, Secretariat of the Council for Sustainable Development of the Czech Republic

Other ministries involved

 

Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and all others ministries of the Czech Republic

Main contact point for the
implementation process

 

Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Unit for Sustainable Development

Links to main websites/
documents on national
implementation of the
2030 Agenda and SDGs

 

 

http://www.vlada.cz/cz/ppov/rada-vlady-pro-udrzitelny-rozvoj--120432/

http://www.mzp.cz/en/sustainable_development_at_the_national_level

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/yols/

 

Voluntary National Reviews

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/15717Czech_Republic.pdf

 

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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration

National — sub-national linkages

 

Initial series of “regional round tables” organised with the objective of discussing the preparation of the NSDS with regional authorities and other regional stakeholders were held in 2004. Other set of round tables was then also organised during the revision process of the NSDS in all 15 regions including the City of Prague (4 of them in 2006, 11 in 2007). Comments and recommendations were collected and put into a databank for the revision process. These round tables were not only important to receive feedback but also to raise awareness about the NSDS objectives in the sub-national stakeholder groups. Coordination between the sub-national levels is fostered by the Building Act of 2006, an important law that aims to implement several NSDS objectives. The Act preceded the establishment of ‘Municipal Councils for SD’ in 2008 that plays a role in the local SD impact assessment in planning policy.

There were also several SD activities in the context of the NSDS on the sub-national levels: in 2005, the Ústí Region SDS was adopted. In 2006, the Council helped to develop a manual for planning and evaluating SD at the regional level based on the NSDS objectives and including guidance for the development of regional SD plans and SD indicators. However, many regions lost interest in developing special SD plans and only some regions such as Vysočina Region, Jihomoravský region and Zlínský region are active on SD issue.

The local level is very active on SD issue: LA 21 initiatives and local SD strategies are currently at the core of NSDS implementation. The Government Council for SD cooperates with the Association of Regions and the Union of Towns and Municipalities in the Council ‘Working Group for LA 21’ (WG LA 21). This working group involves various stakeholders and is very active in developing bottom-up strategies based on local situation and activities. On the basis of the work of the Healthy Cities (initiative under the auspices of the World Health Organisation and coming out from the LA 21 Rio summit concept), the working group developed ‘Criteria for LA 21’ which were adopted in 2006. These criteria include a system of indicators for benchmarking local SD processes and activities. In October 2008, WG LA 21 presented its plan to start ‘LA 21 Strategy in the Czech Republic’.

The Methodology of the Local Sustainability Evaluation made by experts for WG LA21 during 2010 was tested in four cities during 2011. The national Conception of LA21 Support including the action Plan 2012 – 2013 was finalized in the middle of 2011 and was submitted by the government in January 2012.

 

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. The Czech Republic has published its first national report on implementing the EU SDS in summer 2007.

The Europe 2020 strategy and other EU strategiesalso influencedand steered our sustainable development objectives and process. 

 

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Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration

 

 

The Governmental Council for Sustainable Development is responsible for coordinating SD policy-making among the central administrative authorities on an inter-sectoral basis. Representatives from the Parliament, all ministries, NGOs, municipalities, industry, agriculture, trade unions, research, academic society and other stakeholders  are members of the 9 Committees of the Council  and many working groups.

 

 

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Evaluation and Review

 

 

The Governmental Council for Sustainable Development, Committees and Secretariat of the Council monitor and evaluate the implementation of NSDS. So far, progress reports of the NSDS were published, in 2005, one in 2006one in 2008, in 2011, in 2012, in 2013 and in 2016. Based on the 2009 review, a new Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in the Czech Republic was approved on 11th January 2010.

 

 

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Indicators and Monitoring

 

Current Czech NSDS provides a set of 47 indicators for assessing individual strategic goals. A shorter list will be used for communication purposes. The progress reports of 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2016 explore how the challenges and goals set out in the Czech NSDS have been achieved so far. The reports are based on a set of aggregated indicators (about 35) covering the three pillars of SD (the economic, environmental and social pillar) and complemented by three additional areas stated in the NSDS (research & development and education, European and international context, and good governance).

The set of indicators was modified during the process of NSDS revision that took place in 2007-2010. The objective of the revision was to make the national set of indicators comparable and more closely linked to the international level.

 

The Strategic Framework from (2010) identifies five sets of indicators in the priority axes:

1) Society, people and health,

2) Economy and innovation,

3) Spatial development,

4) Landscape, ecosystems and biodiversity,

5) A stable and secure society.

 

The full list(s) of indicators as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:

 

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Participation

The Governmental Council for Sustainable Development was established in 2003 as a standing advisory and coordinating body for SD and strategic management of the Czech Government. The Council consists of representatives from governmental institutions, local authorities as well as of all major groups of society and is chaired by the Prime Minister (Statutory Chairman) with the chairmanship delegated to the Deputy Prime Minister (Executive Vice-Chairman). The Council has the main co-ordination role for developing the NSDS. It is also responsible for updating and monitoring processes.

The Government Council on SD is the main platform for public participation. Generally, the Council has developed several managerial communication tools (i.e. communication strategy, communication action plan, etc). In cooperation with the Committee on the SD Strategy, the Council facilitates public discussion by organising public hearings, thematic workshops, national stakeholder forums, email-based discussions, information campaigns, etc. The Council also annually prepares the ‘Sustainable Development Forum’, which aims to facilitate broad public discussion and access of the public to information on SD topics. In 2006, the Council started a more intensive dialogue with leaders of the business community. In 2007, the Council communication activities towards the general public were conducted under the common theme ’Sustainable and Safe Transport’, in 2008-2009 it was the theme of ‘Sustainable Energy’, then ‘Public Health` in 2010 and at the present time it is ’Sustainable Consumption and Production’.

 

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Sub-national activities

Regional SD strategies:

In 2005, the Ústí Region SDS was prepared and adopted and the Liberec Region SDS was prepared but not adopted by the Regional Council. These two regional SD strategies are directly linked to the NSDS. All other regions have regional development plans covering environmental and SD topics and these plans refer to the NSDS.

LA 21 initiatives:

There are more than 130 LA 21 initiatives in the Czech Republic: 4 regions (Vysočina, Jihomoravský, Zlínský), 42 micro-regions (unions of municipalities) and 65 municipalities. The initiatives cover more than 30% of Czech Republic’s population. These regions, micro-regions and municipalities are members of the ‘Healthy Cities National Network’. The cross-cutting issues are all aspects of sustainable development and public health.  

Participation:

Every local initiative is aimed at involving the broadest stakeholder representation possible as well as the general public through preparation, presentation and discussion over strategic development plans and their implementation. Ad-hoc and regularly held campaigns are launched (e.g. Earth Day, European Week of Mobility, Day without Tobacco, Global Embrace, etc.). When planning and performing the activities, the best possible mix of institutionalized and ad-hoc forms is sought by the organisers.

Evaluation:

In October 2008, as a part of the process of preparation of the 'LA 21 Strategy in the Czech Republic’, the Governmental Council entrusted the WG LA 21 with a task to prepare a comprehensive research on LA 21 concept implementation in the Czech Republic and on its perspectives in the next 5-10 years in the context of NSDS. The results of this research are available since 2009. In December 2010, Methodics of the Local Sustainability Evaluation was submitted by experts to WG LA 21. Its pilot testing was performed in 2011 in 4 cities. The LSE evaluation is today a common procedure in many municipalities. 

Indicators:

The basic set of indicators is contained in the ‘Criteria for LA 21’ and serves the purpose of moving up on the scale of categories D, C, B, A when fulfilled. This set is open to development and modification. Methodics and Indicators of Local Sustainability were prepared for the evaluation of the best municipalities (see above).

Healthy Cities:

The Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic – a municipal association dealing with SD, LA21 and other relevant SD topics that is also participating in the activities of the Czech Governmental Council of SD – has finished a special report on the practical implementation of the Czech NSDS at the local level. The report is based on a database linkage of the national and municipal SD strategies and shows many interesting results for the NSDS process and the SD activities at the local level. The database system and individual data are in only available in Czech, but a few summary reports of the project results have been made available in English.

 

 

Contact details:

PhDr. Anna Kárníková,

Sustainable Development Unit

Office of the Government of the Czech Republic

Nábřeží Edvarda Beneše 4

CZ Praha 1 - 118 01

E karnikova.anna@vlada.cz

T +420 296 153 540

M +420 725 817 257

www.vlada.cz

 

 

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This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 30 October 2017

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