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The United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will prove challenging for many governments. The 2030 Agenda is pushing for an integrated approach to the various dimensions of sustainable development, proposing no less than 17 main goals and 169 associated targets. Goals which are interconnected, even. In particular for a country such as Belgium, with its complex state structure, the different policy levels have to cooperate to successfully realise Agenda 2030.

Due to the large diversity of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are interconnected, cooperation is required in different domains. In the field of policy-making this means that within the same level of policy more cooperation will have to be achieved between the different policy areas (e.g. environment, economy, finance, etc…). However, this also means that close cooperation between the different policy areas is required (federal, regions, Communities, provinces and municipalities). Sustainable development is therefore, as written in the article 7bis of the Belgian Constitution, a common pursuit of all Belgian authorities.

Fortunately, there are many bodies and instruments in Belgium to shape this cooperation, both within the same public authority and between the different authorities. An overview of SDG-related policy-making in Belgium can be found here.

Naturally, Agenda 2030 is also a global agenda, in which the goals apply to all the countries in the world. This means that Agenda 2030 is shaped and observed everywhere. To learn more about the international policies, at the United Nations, OECD or European Union levels, have a look here.

Here you can also find information about the objective of this website as well as our partners.