Lead and supporting government bodies:
- Cyprus’ institutional mechanism for the implementation of Agenda 2030 is comprised mainly of Ministries and other governmental services and falls under the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Cyprus adopted its Sustainable Development strategy in 2007, including the following main targets:
- supporting the protection of the natural environment;
- promoting social justice and cohesion;
- fostering economic prosperity;
- undertaking international responsibilities.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported inclusive decision making in formulating new initiatives and interventions to raise awareness on the SDGs.
Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals:
- In order to foster the implementation of the SDGs, a relevant ministry has been assigned as coordinator for each of the 17 goals. A mapping exercise was initiated at the end of 2016, aiming to define stakeholders, national or EU strategies and indicators, if applicable, for each of the targets. The mapping outlines the national priorities (mainly SDGs 1, 3, 7, 8 and 9, as well as SDGs 4 and 14) and the policies prepared to achieve them.
- In May 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Culture jointly launched an online survey to explore Cypriot public opinion as to the national priorities for SD and to assess the degree to which people consider that Cyprus is making progress in terms of welfare and development. The results were taken into account for Cyprus’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) to the HLPF in July 2017.
- National policies on SD have been guided by and linked to the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy.