Lead and supporting government bodies:
Sustainable development is constitutionally enshrined.
The Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy is in charge of the overall coordination of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
It is supported by the permanent Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Development Policies, which meets on a monthly basis and promotes policy coherence by sharing information and solving policy conflicts.
There was little progress in formulating or implementing SD policy from 2008 until 2015 due to short-term crisis pressures. The incumbent government made strategic policy a priority and has successfully adopted strategic documents with a 2050 and 2030 timeline that integrate Agenda 2030. Civil society and individual citizens were consistently engaged in the drafting process.
Vision Slovenia 2050 was adopted in December 2016 and focuses on 5 themes: lifelong learning, innovative society, trust, quality of life & identity.
The Slovene Development Strategy for 2030 was adopted by the government in December 2017, using the Vision for 2050 as a basis. This strategy's overarching goal is a high quality of life for all, which is meant to be achieved by focusing on 5 headline priorities (aligned with Vision 2050) that are mapped across 12 goals. The planned outcomes are:
- an inclusive, healthy, safe and responsible society
- learning for and throughout life
- high value-added businesses creating profits for all
- a healthy and conserved natural environment
- a high-level cooperation, competence and effective administration
To implement the goals a four-year national development policy programme (NDPP) and a medium-term fiscal strategy will be drawn up, according to the Slovene Development Strategy for 2030.
Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals:
The SDGs are directly integrated into the 2030 strategy, which maps the 12 national goals across to the headline priorities and individual SDGs.
The government relied heavily on OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) expertise, especially its Pilot Study on Measuring Distances to the SDGs targets, in drafting the 2030 strategy.
The permanent Working Group functions as a coordination mechanism specifically designed to ensure policy coherence for sustainable development, resulting in individual ministries internalising SDGs.
The adoption of a long-term vision and medium-term strategy, both aligned with the United Nations sustainable development agenda, were a government priority. With those documents in place, the incumbent government lists the development of an action plan for the implementation of the Strategy & Vision as a clear next step in Slovenia's strategic planning policy.
A report on the national implementation of the Agenda 2030 was published in 2018.