Tuesday, 18 August 2020
The work of the Presidency of the Government on coordinating the national implementation of the SDGs will be substantially supported and facilitated by the Inter-ministerial Coordination Network for the SDGs established in December 2016. This Inter-ministerial Coordination Network for SDGs brings together representatives from all line ministries, acting as focal points in charge of working on SDGs-related issues within their respective ministries and mainstreaming them in thematic legislation, policies and initiatives (see also above “National Implementation of 2030 Agenda for SD / Other Ministries involved”). It also comprises representatives from other governmental bodies belonging to the centre-of-government, and the Hellenic Statistical Authority.
The set-up of a robust long-term institutional mechanism encompassing a “whole-of-government” approach contributed to achieving better coordination between line Ministries, ensuring policy coherence “horizontally” across all policy sectors and enhancing Ministries shared commitment and responsibility in implementing the SDGs.
There are also several issue-specific co‑ordination and stakeholder consultation mechanisms at the national level, which include the National Climate Change Adaptation Committee, the Inter‑ministerial Committee on Energy and Climate, the Inter-ministerial Committee for the promotion of Electromobility, the National Council on Water, the Inter-ministerial Committee and the National Council on Circular Economy and the National Council for Spatial Planning. The abovementioned bodies comprise representatives from key Ministries, as well as other stakeholders such as regional and local governments’, social partners’ and NGOs’ representatives.
Moreover, in the Hellenic Parliament, there are a number of parliamentary committees that are responsible for elaborating and examining draft laws that fall within the various thematic areas of the SDGs, including poverty reduction, employment, healthcare and social protection, economic development, research and innovation, environmental protection and climate change. The draft laws are then debated and adopted in Plenary. Through this process, the Parliament contributes substantially to the comprehensive implementation of the SDGs framework and the promotion of the legislative and policy coherence for sustainable development.