Tuesday, 18 August 2020
In March 2016, the Government appointed a national delegation with a commission to 2016 – 2019 support and stimulate the work with Sweden’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda, both nationally and internationally. On 11 March 2019 the delegation presented its final proposals and assessments for Sweden’s continued implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Delegation has carried out its work in close contact with different actors, both public and private as well as civil society organisations and the social partners at the Swedish labour market.
The delegation consisted of twelve members, one of whom was the chair. The members have broad experience and knowledge from different parts of society.
In 2015 - 2018, the Government has had a specially assigned Scientific Council for Sustainable Development. The council has included a panel of prominent researchers representing different multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches. The council has provided the Government with a number of reports. The main purpose of the council was to give advice to the government in scientific aspects of issues related to sustainable development. As part of that work it provided the Government with reports on key issues. It also had the role to facilitate a dialogue between the government and the scientific community and to promote the role of science in the development of Agenda 2030 on both national and regional level. To that end the council held a number of seminars.
The Government has five strategic innovation partnership programmes are based on the National Innovation Council’s assessment of the areas in which Swedish society is facing several challenges. These are challenges that have good prospects of leading to globally competitive solutions. The most important task of the innovation partnership programmes is exchange between public sector actors, the business sector and academia to find innovative solutions to the social challenges of today, while strengthening Sweden’s global innovativeness and competitiveness. The five innovation partnership programmes are not expressly related to the SDGs but are closely linked to them: The next generation's travel and transport, smart cities, circular and bio-based economy, life sciences and connected industry and new materials.