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Basic Information
Year of approval of the SD strategy and updates

The Government of Luxembourg on 26 November 2010 adopted Luxembourg's renewed National Plan for Sustainable Development. The new document replaces the previous Plan of 1999.

Luxembourg’s Plan for Sustainable Development (in French) was adopted by the Government on 22 December 2019. The Plan covers 10 priorities. It replaces the previous plan.

Type of SD strategy

The National Plan covers all three dimensions of SD.

Lead ministry/institution in the SD strategy process
Further information about the SD strategy process

No information available. 

Agenda 2030 Implementation

In May 2016, the Government Council agreed on a renewed composition of the grand-ducal regulation regarding composition, organisation and functioning of the Commission for sustainable development with the objective having appropriate organizational structures to ensure the implementation of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.   The Commission for sustainable development has been created by the law of 25/6/2004 on the coordination of national politics for sustainable development. It is gathering representatives of all ministries. Its main missions are to set up the national plan for sustainable development and the report on the implementation of sustainable development.  

In April 2016, the Council was asked by the Minister for Environment as minister in charge, to advise the Government on the association of Luxembourg’s civil society and private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable de Development.

Leading Ministry and respective unit

Ministry for Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development

Other ministries involved
  • Ministry of State
  • Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs;
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development
  • Ministry of Consumer Protection;
  • Ministry of Energy and Spatial Planning;
  • Ministry of Mobility and Public Works;
  • Ministry of the Economy;
  • Ministry of Education, Children and Youth;
  • Ministry of Equal Opportunities;
  • Ministry of Higher Education and Research
  • Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region;
  • Ministry of Finance;
  • Ministry of Home Affairs;
  • Ministry of Justice;
  • Ministry of Housing;
  • Ministry of Health;
  • Ministry of Social Security;
  • Ministry of Sport;
  • Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy
Main contact point for the implementation process

Ministry for Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development

Links to main websites/documents on national implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs
Voluntary National Reviews

Luxembourg submitted a VNR in 2017 (French)
An executive summary in English can be found here

Vertical Integration

For the preparation of the 1999 National Plan on SD, the sub-national level was only marginally involved as one stakeholder group in the general consultation process.

For the development of the National Plan, the sub-national level is not directly involved but indirectly through two bodies and a series of round table discussions. According the law on sustainable development (loi du 25 juin 2004 relative à la coordination de la politique nationale de développement durable ) the  draft National Plan is discussed during the consultation phase in the Parliament and the High Council for SD. In the Parliament, several mayors of municipalities are MPs. Moreover, three round tables with several stakeholder groups are organised, including representatives of the Association of Municipalities.

In terms of implementation, two issues are important in the coordination between the national and sub-nation level: on the one hand, cooperation in sectoral policies is an ongoing process as the municipalities have certain responsibilities in several sectors (e.g. water, nature protection).

A frame of reference has been developed for the municipalities to set up an inventory and an evaluation of implementation of the sustainable development goals and the targets on sub-national level. This instrument will help municipalities to measure and monitor sustainability policies and projects in the framework of the Agenda 2030.

Furthermore the Climate Pact with municipalities will be further developed on the basis of the SDGs.

Horizontal Integration

The Inter-departmental Commission of Sustainable Development (ICSD) fulfils the role of fostering horizontal integration as laid out in the NSDS. It is composed of representatives of each ministry and can, on an ad-hoc basis, ask for advice from external experts.

In May 2016, the Government Council agreed on a renewed composition of the grand-ducal regulation regarding composition, organisation and functioning of the Commission with the objective having appropriate organizational structures to ensure the implementation of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Review

According the law of 25 June 2004 on the coordination of the national sustainable development policy, a national report on the implementation of sustainable development has to be elaborated by the interdepartmental Commission of Sustainable Development, which will be communicated to the Government, the Parliament, the Higher Council for Sustainable Development, as well as all official international forums resulted from the Rio Conference.

After a review undertaken in 2006, the last report was adopted by the interdepartmental commission on June 3, 2015.

The basis of the report is the National Plan for Sustainable Development (NPDD) from November 2010. The body of the report is limited to certain themes: biodiversity, sustainable finance, housing, sustainable energy, economy and labour. A full description of the 150 action goals and more than 400 measures selected in the 2010 NPDD would have exceeded the limits of what is legible in the context of such a report.

An annex (Annex III) however provides a complete overview of the quality objectives ("what is to be achieved?"), the objectives of action ("what needs to be done for this?") and measures ("how this be implemented?") with information on the state of implementation of the various measures.

The second part of the report is devoted to recommendations in line with the selected themes in the first part and the list of the priority themes defined by the Government in the context of the post agenda 2015 process, as well as to policy coherence.

After the adoption of Agenda 2030, a report on the implementation of the SDGs in and by Luxembourg has been elaborated by the Commission on sustainable development. This report has been adopted by the Government in May 2017 and has been the basis for the NVR and its report to the UN in July 2017.

Indicators

In parallel to the elaboration of the national plan for sustainable development, a working group of the Commission on sustainable development was working on indicators with the ambition to set up a statistical system dedicated to sustainable development indicators enabling the evaluation and monitoring of both global, regional and national indicators.

The transmission of data regarding regional and global indicators is functioning on the basis of a data flow model between ministers and STATEC and Eurostat and STATEC and UN Agency.

The work has been organized following the working methods as follows:

  • select the relevant targets for Luxembourg
  • identify the so-called statistical targets
  • select the indicators
  • assess the evolutions 

For the communication and dissemination purposes, a bicephal approach has been chosen. For providers of data, timetables for transmission of data have been developed, for the general public, a brochure with infographics has been published. There is free access to data sets for analysts. 

The entire set of indicators used by Luxembourg can be found at the Administration for Statistics.

Participation

On the basis of a law in relation to the coordination of the national SD policy, a High Council for Sustainable Development, acting as a reflection, discussion and consultancy body for matters regarding SD was established. The regulation of 14 July 2005 defines the composition, organization and functioning of the High Council for Sustainable Development.

The missions of the Councils are:

  • Acting as discussion forum on SD issues;
  • Proposing research and studies on any topic related to SD;
  • Establishing relationships with similar committees in the EU Member States;
  • Promoting the largest possible participation of public and private organizations and the participation of citizens;
  • Expressing views on any measures relating to SD national policy taken or planned by the government, especially on the national plan for SD and on the execution of Luxembourg’s international commitments.

The Council carries out the above-mentioned missions on its own initiative or following a request of the Government. The Council consists of 15 members who were chosen according to their knowledge, competence and commitment with regard to SD. They act as individuals on their own behalf and not as representatives of an organization or association. The members of the Council have various backgrounds, i.e. academia, NGOs, trade unions, chambers of commerce, and business associations.

During the development of the NPSD, three round-tables with actors representing civil society (NGOs, labour and employer’s association, municipalities) have been organized. During these round-tables, the main chapters of the NPSD have been presented and discussed (non-sustainable trends, quality objectives of the NPSD, action objectives and measures).

In April 2016, the Council was asked by the Minister for Environment as minister in charge, to advise the Government on the association of Luxembourg’s civil society and private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable de Development.

The PNDD foresees the continuation of this work by the creation of a platform (coalition Agenda 2030). This platform will work in the coming months on circular economy, a definition and priorities for Luxembourg.  

Subnational Activities

No information available.