Last updated on:
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Year of approval of the SD strategy and updates

The process of drafting the first Sustainable Development Strategy for the Maltese Islands started in December 2002. A National Commission for Sustainable Development was set up and was entrusted with the role of advocating on national sustainable development across all sectors; reviewing progress in the achievement of sustainable development; and achieving further progress. Following public consultations, in 2006 the National Commission proposed a Sustainable Development Strategy for the Maltese Islands, which was endorsed by Cabinet in December 2007. Its mandate terminated at the end of 2016.

The Sustainable Development Act, Cap. 521 was later adopted in 2012, resulting in a legislative framework mandating Government to mainstream sustainable development in its policies.

The Sustainable Development Act also establishes other bodies, such as the Guardian of Future Generations and the Sustainable Development Network, which aim at fostering exchange of views and national dialogue as well as overseeing the implementation of sustainable development in Malta.

The Act was amended by virtue of Act No. I of 2019 with the aim of fostering increased participation of civil society as well as that of all social actors in mainstreaming sustainable development.

Given that the first Sustainable Development Strategy had a timeline that extended till the year 2016 the Maltese Government embarked on a process to develop a new Sustainable Development Strategy.

A Vison Document that characterises the foundations upon which the new Sustainable Development Strategy will be underpinned was published for consultation in September 2018.

Type of SD strategy

Malta’s Sustainable Development Vision for 2050 sets out the Maltese Government’s aspirations and priorities for mainstreaming sustainable development up till the year 2050. It aligns with the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) whilst also takes into account other developments at an international and EU level.

Malta’s Sustainable Development Vision for 2050 aligns with the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) whilst also takes into account other developments at an international and EU level.

Vision 2050 has been structured and designed on the following key normative governance principles for steering sustainable development:

  1. Enhancing Economic Growth
  2. Safeguarding Our Environment
  3. Social Cohesion and Wellbeing
Lead ministry/institution in the SD strategy process

Ministry within the Office of the Prime Minister (Responsible for Sustainable Development, Social Dialogue and the Implementation of Electoral Manifesto)

From 2013 till 2019 the Competent Authority for mainstreaming sustainable development in Malta was entrusted to the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change.

Link to the SD strategy document
Further information about the SD strategy process

The Maltese Government recognises that sustainable development is not only confined to the workings of Government but calls for consensus from diverse sectors of the Maltese society, including civil society and the private sector. In drafting of key development documents, the Maltese Government ensures that the process is open and inclusive as possible, and that the vision of the future of Malta reflects the vision of its citizens. This was safeguarded through public and sectoral consultations as well as through existing national stakeholder engagement mechanisms.

[Links to the consultation process forthcoming]