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Euskadi 2030 Gunea: A practical Guide for Basque Organizations to Implement the 2030 Agenda and Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals


    The Basque Country is firmly committed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the targets of the Agenda 2030. This Agenda offers all the levels of the government administrations a common language for improving public policies. It also inspires them to incorporate the logic of multilevel governance and respect for the responsibilities and competencies held by each of the different government levels. With this spirit, the Inter-Institutional Committee for Foreign Action agreed to launch the work process to define and create the Euskadi Basque Country Multilevel Agenda 2030, based on inter-institutional collaboration, and on each institution defining a common contribution to the Agenda in the Basque Country.


    The goal is to join forces and contribute to the global challenge of sustainable development. The administrations involved in this process share with the United Nations a vision of a people-centered world committed to the protection of the planet and peaceful coexistence, capable of generating prosperity through a model of alliances and partnerships. Agenda 2030 offers all levels of Administration a common language for improving our public policies. It also inspires us to incorporate the logic of multilevel governance and respect for the responsibilities held by each of the different government levels. This Agenda defines the Basque Country's vision of the future with a local perspective in a global scenario. To this challenge, the Basque administrations have responded in the spirit of "auzolana”, in Basque local culture, a spirit of collaboration and shared work in pursuit of the common good.

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    This Multilevel 2030 Agenda reflects the contribution of the different government programs and policies to the goals and targets of the SDGs. It links their actions to: -People: End poverty and hunger so all humans live in dignity with a healthy environment. -Peace: Peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, free from fear and violence. -Planet: Protect it from degradation and take action to address climate change. -Prosperity: Ensure that all that economic, social, and technological progress is in harmony with nature. -Partnership: Implement the Agenda through a Global Partnership of solidarity.

    Implementation methodologies

    The Guide offers a first filter that allows Basque organizations to limit the analysis to the 84 Goals that have been identified as Reference Goals for Basque organizations. These 84 reference goals have been classified into two groups: 28 common goals that should be adopted by all Basque organizations and 56 sector-based targets. This Guide focuses on three approaches to address the 2030 Agenda: through the Strategic Plan, the organization's Annual Report, or Management System(S) implemented in the organization. The approach is done in a methodological progressive manner following a model based on three phases. Phase 1 Analyze the organization's role in the 2030 Agenda Phase 2 Aligning the organization's activity with the SDGs Phase 3 Incorporate the 2030 Agenda as a central axis of the organization From the Strategic Plan Step 1: Map the organization's activity against the SDGs. Step 2: Align the existing strategic plan to the SDGs. Step 3: Identify scorecard indicators to track contribution to the SDGs. Step 4: Develop a report outlining the contribution of the organization's strategy to the SDGs and a follow-up plan. Step 5: Develop the organization's strategy based on the structure of the 2030 Agenda. From the organization's Annual Report Step 1: Map the organization's activity against the SDGs Step 2: Incorporate references to the organization's contribution to the SDGs in the report. Step 3: Structure the report according to the Agenda 2030 From the Management Systems implemented in the Organization Step 1: Map the organization's activity against the SDGs. Step 2: Incorporate references to the SDGs in the system(s). Step 3: Include in the system(s) all Benchmarks and Indicators for monitoring.


    In order to achieve specific objectives and tangible results, the following expected results were proposed to the Euskadi 2030 Gunea working group: • A publishable guide • Best Practices • Common projects • Analyze the feasibility of an alliance of all sectors at the Basque Country level. The first tangible result of the working group was the publication of the guide addressed to any Basque organization that wants to take the first steps to implement the 2030 Agenda. Moreover, the differentiating element of this guide is that it is ‘territorialized’, this is, adapted in content and language to the economic, social, and environmental reality of the Basque Country. It also promotes the participation of organizations of the working group, who have contributed with their vision from different fields. Finally, it is structured in such a way that allows access to the chapters of greater interest with a visual style and layout, and with figures and graphic messages avoiding long texts.

    Factors and Constraints

    ‘Territorialization’ of the Agenda: adapted to the reality of the Basque Country. Other differentiating elements of the Guide are: -The eight arguments to implement the Agenda 2030: experience and opinions of organizations that have already embarked on this path to motivate or lead others. -Reference goals: pre-selection of 84 Goals that make sense in Basque organizations, which have also been adapted in their wording to the Basque context. -How to address the process: recommendations and steps so that every organization can approach the process according to its internal mechanisms and plans. -Real cases: the objective is to provide concrete examples of similar organizations or entities.

    Sustainability and replicability

    Replicability and future dynamics: The Basque Government is in a new phase with a Secretary-General now fully responsible for the coordination and dynamization of the 2030 Agenda. The solid foundations already set to achieve the SDGs, like the one described here, make the transversality become a fundamental strategy of Basque public policies. The special awareness raised by Covid-19 represents a great transforming potential for the Agenda. Therefore, the SDGs must have a double dimension: an internal commitment to sustainability and solidarity, and an external commitment to their globalization. Based on the legacy of what has been done in the Basque Country, there are opportunities for social involvement in the 2030 Agenda and the proactive management of the SDGs. To this end, through a new social contract at the territorial level and with multi-agent dynamics, the Basque Government will promote new mechanisms of social inclusion based on multi-stakeholder experiences such as Gunea. The intention is to move the Basque society from a phase of adherence to proactivity, moved by the transforming nature of the SDGs.

    COVID-19 Impact

    The last working session was scheduled for March 17, 2020, but had to be suspended due to the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the group did not stop working. While waiting for the last working session to be held, progress was made with the final drafting of the guide and its layout and it was shared with all the organizations in the group. On July 1, 2020, the fifth working session was held with capacity limitations due to Covid-19 to finalize the process.

    Basque Government
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    Implemented at sub-national level/ in the Basque Country

    01 October 2019 (start date)
    31 December 2030 (date of completion)
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