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Estonia presented its national voluntary review on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 at the High Level Political Forum

21.07.2016

Estonia was one of the first 22 countries to present a voluntary national review this year. This review was presented by the Minister of Interior Mr Hanno Pevkur on July 20 at the High level Political Forum. The review was compiled by the Estonian Sustainable Development Commission and follows standard reporting guidelines.

The Estonian Sustainable Development Act was adopted in 1995. The Estonian Sustainable Development Strategy was adopted in 2005. The latter is one of the main horizontal strategies applied by the government in designing strategic development plans. 

The Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals is monitored through an agreed and regularly reviewed set of indicators spanning all development topics.

The Estonian coordination mechanism for sustainable development involves NGOs from all relevant spheres. The government Office Strategy Unit is responsible for central government issues pertaining to implementation and monitoring.

Initial actions connected to the 2030 agenda were taken during the compiling process of the national voluntary review. In autumn 2016, an analysis will be given regarding the renewal of the national sustainable development strategy and its implementation mechanisms.

Of the 231 sustainable development indicators included in the initially review from the statistics office, only 14% are measurable at this time. A new list of indicators will be composed in cooperation with an inter-ministerial working group

Innovative tech solutions and general awareness building are major components of Estonia’s sustainable development strategy.

Gap analysis of Estonia’s policy measures showed that actions are being taken toward achieving all 17 SDGs.

Estonia’s strengths include biodiversity, high shares of renewable energy in the heating sector, easy access to public services through e-service, and high quality accessible education.     

Estonia’s challenges include achieving productivity growth, increasing efficiency in energy and resources, lowering per-capita CO2 emissions, improving low income living standards, and closing the gender pay gap.

The first conference introducing Agenda 2030 to the wider public occurred in November 2015. The ministers of Environment and Foreign Affairs, along with representatives from companies and civil society, explained the goals and strategies for implementation.

Estonia is also supporting sustainable development abroad. The new strategy for Estonian Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid 2016-2020 is based on general international development agreements. Efforts are focused on supporting democracy, advancing peace and stability, introducing good governance practices, guaranteeing human rights, improving the lives of women and children and promoting economic growth.

Contributions have also been made toward quality of education, development of health care and climate change issues,

Across all areas, Estonia promotes greater application of information and communication technologies in the framework of development cooperation.  

Links to our national reviews summary and the Minister’s speech presenting the review respectively:

·         https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2016/estonia

·         http://www.un.estemb.org/statements_articles/aid-1229

 

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