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The Euskadi Basque Country Multilevel 2030 Agenda

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Local / Regional Government

    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.

    Implementation of the Project/Activity

    The process started in 2017 with a focus on informing and raising awareness in all Basque institutions of the need to join this initiative. In 2018 the emphasis was placed on the development of the process: -April-October: A period of individual meetings with each participating institution to study the path taken by each one and the results obtained. -October: Setting in motion the Inter-Institutional Operational Work Group (OWG), including policymakers and technical experts from each institution. Since then, they have coordinated and worked with one another, meeting periodically to review the progress in the search for a common, joint document. In 2019-2020, after more than 40 individual meetings and 6 Operational Work Group (OWG) sessions, the process was finalized with the design and configuration of the final document: The Basque Multilevel 2030 Agenda. Structure of the final document: - 1 Common Objective - 7 institutions involved - 50 Goals for the Euskadi Basque Country 2030 Multi-level Agenda - 258 relevant actions - 230 plans and documents of reference • Definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Euskadi Basque Country Multilevel Agenda 2030 based on targets and actions addressed and performed on a multilevel governance basis. • Exclusion of individual targets and actions, avoiding individual points of view, and building a joint initiative.


    The Euskadi Basque Country Multilevel Agenda 2030 is the result of the adaptation from the United Nations Agenda 2030 and its 169 targets structured around 17 SDGs, to a structure of 17 SDGs, 50 targets, 204 reference documents, and 258 relevant actions forming the corpus of the document. For this implementation, it was agreed that two or more Basque institutions will participate in the accomplishment of the defined targets. This impact has only been possible thanks to the willingness of all participating institutions and their desire to work as a team on a process to co-create public policies. Over a period of two years, the inter-institutional OWG worked together to generate a common Agenda 2030, based on their own Agendas and tailored to suit the idiosyncrasy and peculiarities of each territory, of each institution, identifying the places where we coincide and jointly contribute to the Agenda.

    Enabling factors and constraints

    ‘Territorialization’ of the Agenda: adapted to the reality of the Basque Country. The adaptation to the local scale is one of the distinguishing features of this 2030 Agenda, with proximity and specific knowledge of social demands, as well as resources to ensure the most appropriate responses. It is also: -Integrating and of indivisible character. -Transversal: It covers and affects all areas of public policy. -Temporary: Conceived with a time horizon of 2030. -Concrete: Focused on the commitments of each administration. -Clear: Simple, clear, and manageable tool. -Participatory: Open to institutional participation and to the participation of public and private actors. -Adaptable: A framework for a continuous improvement process. -International

    Sustainability and replicability

    With this good practice as a foundation, and as part of a process of continuous improvement, the governance and coordination "map" is being updated for the period 2021-2024, in accordance with the objectives of the Decade for Action set by the UN and moving towards a phase of proactivity. To this end, in addition to convening a vertical multilevel forum (the Basque Government, the Provincial Councils, the Association of Municipalities, and the provincial capitals), a Multiagent Forum for Social Transition and the 2030 Agenda is being established by Decree, that incorporates at a horizontal level the vision of all the Basque Government Departments, and representatives from the private, scientific-technological, university, and organized civil society sectors. This will allow an operational pooling of all the institutions and entities involved in the promotion of the SDGs at the territorial level; optimizing coordination and cooperation while respecting the autonomy of each institution.

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    01 January 2017 (start date)
    31 December 2019 (date of completion)
    Basque Government
    Other beneficiaries

    Over a period of two years, the inter-institutional OWG made up by the Basque Government, the Provincial Councils of Alava, Biscay, and Gipuzkoa, and the City Councils of Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Vitoria worked together to generate this document. This Multilevel Agenda coincides with the priorities of all Basque administrations: human development that guarantees essential services to all with sustainable growth that generates opportunities for everyone.

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