HORIZONTAL INTEGRATION

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Last updated on:
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Horizontal coordination on the Federal level is fostered by the ‘Committee for a Sustainable Austria’ that consists of representatives of all Federal Ministries, social partners and the chairs of the ‘Expert Conference of National and Regional SD Coordinators’. Moreover, a ‘Sustainable Development Steering Group’ was established on the national level to coordinate SD activities among the different ministries. As of 2010 the Committee is co-chaired by the Federal Chancellery and the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. These mechanisms work as a

  • means of coordination through common projects and programmes,
  • political guidance and
  • steering mechanism.

Horizontal coordination on the level of federal provinces is facilitated by the Regional SD Coordinators. They assist implementation of SD within the provincial administrations. Furthermore they share experiences and develop joint activities among the provinces, mostly using the mechanism of the ‘Expert Conference of National and Regional SD Coordinators’, which serves both horizontal and vertical integration.

Some of the Austrian provinces decided to develop own SD strategies complementary to the ÖSTRAT to enhance the process of horizontal integration within the respective province.

Horizontal coordination on the regional and local level is encouraged and fostered by the above-mentioned sub-group of the ‘Expert Conference of National and Regional SD Coordinators’ on LA 21. For more details see “sub-national activities”.

In March 2017, the interministerial working group “Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (IMAG) was created, including representatives of all federal ministriesunder theCO-Chairmanship of the Federal Chancellery and the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs. The IMAG meets at regular intervals.

To promote vertical and horizontal policy integration, further relevant actors, including the SDG focal points at the federal level, representatives of the Städte- und Gemeindebund and the stakeholders (social partners, NGOs and scientific community) are informed and invited to the IMAG meetings on a regular basis.

As part of the preparations for Austria's first VNR, a drafting group consisting of ministerial- representatives that represent the three dimensions of sustainability was created under the co-chairmanship of the Austrian federal Chancellery and the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs. In addition, two editorial committees were created, which include all relevant Austrian stakeholders with regard to the 2030 Agenda.

The first Austrian Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the SDGs is a stocktaking and also a point of reflection to spur further activities on all levels. The production of this review has initiated greater cooperation between all levels of government and all relevant stakeholders. The Government Programme 2020–2024 also foresees the further strengthening of a targeted coordination in implementing the 2030 Agenda by systematically involving relevant stakeholders.