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Sustainable Development Goals

Greece’s implementation, monitoring and assessment of sustainable development goals (2016-2030)

The achievement, by 2030, of the seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals and 169 Sub-goals adopted recently (September 2015) by the United Nations requires a radically different approach to sustainable development by our country. In contrast with the earlier Millennium Development Goals, with an implementation timeframe over the past 15 years, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are global/universal, as all countries, developed and developing, are obliged to implement them.

In this sense, the implementation of the SDGs, starting from this year, requires actions/policies along two axes:

  • within the country, and
  • in developing countries that are a Greek priority for provision of development and humanitarian assistance.

The SDGs broadly define sustainable development, covering issues such as poverty, gender equality, health, education, good governance, migration, climate change and protection of the environment. As a result, the process of implementing the Goals requires the participation and coordination of many sectors of public administration and other agencies, such as the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the private sector, civil society, etc.

The UN General Assembly resolution adopting the text of the conclusions of the 70th Summit Meeting of the United Nations on the post-2015 Development Agenda, entitled “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, enumerates the SDGs, calling on all the member states (paragraphs 63, 78, 79) to draw up, at the soonest possible time, their National Strategies for implementation of the Goals and carry out regular assessments of progress on the national level.

Further information is available at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org and   www.unric.org/el

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