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Basic information

Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

The Government of Luxembourg on 26 November 2010 adopted Luxembourg's renewed National Plan for Sustainable Development. The new document replaces the previous Plan of 1999.

 

 

Type of SD strategy

National Plan covers all three dimensions of SD.

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, Department for Environment

Link to the SD strategy
document

National Plan for Sustainable Development (2010) (in German)

Further information about
the SD strategy process

N/A

 

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National Implementation of 2030 Agenda for SD

 

 

In May 2016, the Government Council agreed on a renewed composition of the grand-ducal regulation regarding composition, organisation and functioning of the Commission with the objective having appropriate organizational structures to ensure the implementation of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

 

In April 2016, the Council was asked by the Minister for Environment as minister in charge, to advise the Government on the association of Luxembourg’s civil society and private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable de Development.

 

 

Leading Ministry and
respective unit

 

Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, Department for Environment

Other ministries involved

 

 

Ministry of State

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs;

Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection;

Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Department for Spatial Planning;

Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Department for Public Works;

Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Department for Transports;

Ministry of the Economy;

Ministry of Education, Children and Youth;

Ministry of Equal Opportunities;

Ministry of Higher Education and Research

Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region;

Ministry of Finance;

Ministry of Home Affairs;

Ministry of Justice;

Ministry of Housing;

Ministry of Health;

Ministry of Social Security;

Ministry of Sport;

Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy.

 

Main contact point for the
implementation process

 

 

Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, Department for Environment

 

Links to main websites/
documents on national
implementation of the
2030 Agenda and SDGs
[No information available]
Voluntary National Reviews

French: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/15709Luxembourg.pdf

 

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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration

National — sub-national linkages

For the preparation of the 1999 National Plan on SD, the sub-national level was only marginally involved as one stakeholder group in the general consultation process.

For the development of the National Plan, the sub-national level is not directly involved but indirectly through two bodies and a series of round table discussions. According the law on sustainable development (loi du 25 juin 2004 relative à la coordination de la politique nationale de développement durable ) the  draft National Plan is discussed during the consultation phase in the Parliament and the High Council for SD. In the Parliament, several mayors of municipalities are MPs. Moreover, three round tables with several stakeholder groups are organised, including representatives of the Association of Municipalities.

In terms of implementation, two issues are important in the coordination between the national and sub-nation level: on the one hand, cooperation in sectoral policies is an ongoing process as the municipalities have certain responsibilities in several sectors (e.g. water, nature protection). On the other hand, every year the municipalities are invited to report to the national level their activities in LA 21: They fill-out a self-evaluation form of innovative projects. The evaluation criteria were developed by taking into account the objectives of the 1999 National Plan, thus creating a link between the NSDS and LA 21 activities. The national level then selects certain projects for a 50-80 % funding from the budget of the Ministry of Environment. Thus, the national level in interested in small, innovative projects.

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. Luxembourg has published its first national report on implementing the EU SDS (in French) in July 2007.

 

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Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration

The Inter-departmental Commission of Sustainable Development (ICSD) fulfils the role of fostering horizontal integration as laid out in the NSDS. It is composed of representatives of each ministry and can, on an ad-hoc basis, ask for advice from external experts.

In May 2016, the Government Council agreed on a renewed composition of the grand-ducal regulation regarding composition, organisation and functioning of the Commission with the objective having appropriate organizational structures to ensure the implementation of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

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Evaluation and Review

According the law of 25 June 2005 on the coordination of the national sustainable development policy, a national report on the implementation of sustainable development has to be elaborated by the interdepartmental Commission of Sustainable Development, which will be communicated to the Government, the Parliament, the Higher Council for Sustainable Development, as well as all official international forums resulted from the Rio Conference.

After a review undertaken in 2006, the last report was adopted by the interdepartmental commission on June 3, 2015.

The basis of the report is the national Plan for sustainable development (NPDD) from November 2010. The body of the report is limited to certain themes: biodiversity, sustainable finance, housing, sustainable energy, economy and labour. A full description of the 150 action goals and more than 400 measures selected in the 2010 NPDD would have exceeded the limits of what is legible in the context of such a report.

An annex (Annex III) however provides a complete overview of the quality objectives ("what is to be achieved?"), the objectives of action ("what needs to be done for this?") and measures ("how this be implemented?") with information on the state of implementation of the various measures.

The second part of the report is devoted to recommendations in line with the selected themes in the first part and the list of the priority themes defined by the Government in the context of the post agenda 2015 process, as well as to policy coherence.

The report with its annexes can be downloaded here:  http://www.environnement.public.lu/developpement_durable/RNDD/index.html

 

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Indicators and Monitoring

A set of 59 indicators linked to the three pillars of sustainable development was outlined in the 1999 NSDS. In 2002, a set of 27 indicators was presented in the indicator report ‘Indicateurs de Développement Durable pour le Luxembourg’, specifying 9 indicators for each of the three pillars, respectively. An updated report, ‘Indicateurs mis à jour en 2006’, was published in 2006.

For the new National SD Plan, a new set of indicators is being developed (in cooperation with Eurostat)

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

•    ‘Indicateurs mis à jour en 2006’ (2006)

A new set of sustainable development indicators was published together with the report in June 2015. The work on the development of this new set of sustainable development indicators has followed a double logic. Indicators have to be defined according to the objectives and measures of the NPDD and must be consistent with the indicators used for other exercises, including the system of indicators for the national Plan for innovation and full employment ('Europe 2020') - as well as with systems selected at the international level.

To define a coherent and relevant IDD for the Luxembourg, work was based on the five principles held in the 2010 NPDD to 'fit' the key indicators:

  1. maintaining a quality of life and a level of human development for the population living and working in Luxembourg; personal development through 'empowering' freedom;
  2. respect for the ecological, social and cultural rights of future generations and the other nations of the planet (timeless and international responsibilities);
  3. respect for the ecological limits and regenerative capacity of nature with the use of natural resources at our disposal;
  4. defence of social cohesion through equity and solidarity;
  5. preservation of economic prosperity through the development of an economy for the future, through diversification and ecological innovations.

This selection has been motivated by two arguments; the need to limit the number of key indicators and the willingness to implement an integrated approach. The selection was made based on criteria, namely the political relevance and usefulness to users, the analytical soundness and measurability.

The SDI are part of the report and can be downloaded here: http://www.environnement.public.lu/developpement_durable/RNDD/index.html  

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

 

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Participation

On the basis of a law in relation to the coordination of the national SD policy, a High Council for Sustainable Development, acting as a reflection, discussion and consultancy body for matters regarding SD was established. The regulation of 14 July 2005 defines the composition, organization and functioning of the High Council for Sustainable Development.

The missions of the Councils are:

  • Acting as discussion forum on SD issues;
  • Proposing research and studies on any topic related to SD;
  • Establishing relationships with similar committees in the EU Member States;
  • Promoting the largest possible participation of public and private organizations and the participation of citizens;
  • Expressing views on any measures relating to SD national policy taken or planned by the government, especially on the national plan for SD and on the execution of Luxembourg’s international commitments.

The Council carries out the above-mentioned missions on its own initiative or following a request of the Government. The Council consists of 15 members who were chosen according to their knowledge, competence and commitment with regard to SD. They act as individuals on their own behalf and not as representatives of an organization or association. The members of the Council have various backgrounds, i.e. academia, NGOs, trade unions, chambers of commerce, and business associations.

During the development of the NPSD, three round-tables with actors representing civil society (NGOs, labour and employer’s association, municipalities) have been organized. During these round-tables, the main chapters of the NPSD have been presented and discussed (non-sustainable trends, quality objectives of the NPSD, action objectives and measures).

In April 2016, the Council was asked by the Minister for Environment as minister in charge, to advise the Government on the association of Luxembourg’s civil society and private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable de Development.

For a detailed documentation of all advisory and participatory councils (for SD and/or the environment) in this country, please go to the EEAC website at http://www.eeac.eu/councils/luxembourg and click on one of the listed institutions.

 

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Sub-national activities

[No information available]

 

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

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