Vienna and the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The UN has established a set of 17 universal goals for sustainable economic, social and ecological development to be met by 2030.

On 25 September 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and defined 17 universally applicable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All of the 193 UN member states have committed to implementing the goals by 2030.

Conference on "Linking the SDGs to Urban Agendas"

In October 2018, with the support of the United Nations in Vienna, the City of Vienna held a conference on the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference was held together with the city's Eurocomm city network and representatives of the cities of Ljubljana, Krakow, Sarajevo, Jihlava, Prague, Sofia and Zagreb.

Detailed review: European Cities Conference - Sustainable Development Goals: Linking the SDGs to Urban Agendas

Former Mayor Michael Häupl and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Former Mayor Michael Häupl and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Implementation in Vienna

As people are at the centre of the global 2030 Agenda, major emphasis is placed on the regional and local dimension of the SDGs. Against this background, former Mayor Michael Häupl signed the 17 UN goals in a ceremony on the occasion of a visit of the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Vienna's City Hall in April 2016.

Many objectives from the 2030 Agenda are already covered by the strategies and activities of the City of Vienna. In the course of updating the Smart City Wien framework strategy, the SDGs were now integrated across all target areas. The Smart City Wien framework strategy is the city's long-term umbrella strategy until 2050. It has been updated, adapted to current challenges and adopted by the Vienna City Council on 26 June 2019. On the same day, a resolution entitled "Transformation of our world: the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development" was adopted. In it the Vienna City Council declared its support for the SDGs.

The office of Vienna's Sustainability Coordinator, who also serves as a contact for all issues related to the SDGs, is part of Municipal Department 22 - Environmental Protection (MA 22): Sustainable Development (German)

Vienna's responsibility in the world - the international dimension

The City of Vienna's development cooperation has also been aligned with the SDGs. Hence, the 2030 Agenda and its targets provide a framework for the annual call for project funding proposals from development organisations as well as for the evaluation of the proposals.

The development of the 2030 Agenda

The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Based on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the climate goals agreed to by the Paris Conference on Sustainable Development (and the Rio +20 Conference), a set of 17 goals and 169 targets was developed in an interactive process lasting several years.

The goals and targets can only be achieved through a joint effort of governments on international, national and local levels, the private sector, civil society organisations and individuals.

Sustainable Development Goals

The making of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - UNIS Vienna

SDGs in Europe

The European Union intends to play a leading role in the implementation of the SDGs and has integrated the goals into its political framework: EU's implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

An annual report illustrates the progress the EU Member States have made in implementing the SDGs:

Sustainable Development in the European Union: 14 MB PDF

National implementation

In Austria, the Council of Ministers passed a resolution on 12 January 2016 tasking all federal ministries with the coherent implementation of the 2030 Agenda. National implementation efforts are being coordinated by a cross-ministerial task force chaired by the Federal Chancellery and the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. In March 2017, the federal ministries published a first report presenting examples of implementation measures.

Sustainable development - 2030 Agenda/SDGs - Federal Chancellery

Decisions and activities at subnational level

In 2017, the Conference of Provincial Governors endorsed the 2030 Agenda and committed to actively supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. The Provincial Environmental Officers have also agreed on specific measures for this purpose:

Decisions of the Conference of Provincial Environmental Officers: 228 KB PDF (German)

How to implement the SDGs at local level has been discussed by the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns since 2017. Information about this topic is available on the following websites:

A comprehensive article addressing the Sustainable Development Goals can be found in the February 2018 issue of the "ÖGZ" magazine of the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns:

ÖGZ 02/2018: 8.2 MB PDF (German)

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