In 2018, Kosovo established its National Council for Sustainable Development, a parliamentary group committed to advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Since then, the Council ─ the first-of-its-kind SDG advisory body in Kosovo ─ has been driving action for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) both at the national and local level.
Although the Council is mainly composed of members of parliament, it maintains close dialogue with civil society organisations, the private sector, government institutions, international cooperation, and academia. Concrete incentives set by the Kosovan Institute for Development Policy (INDEP), one of its most active members, have stimulated multi-stakeholder engagement within and through the Council.
With support from the 2030 Agenda Transformation Fund, INDEP raised awareness about the SDGs and promoted measures to translate the global goals into local policy agendas and monitoring frameworks. As a result, Kosovan municipalities are better prepared to ignite action for sustainable development.
The Council’s role as an SDG advisory body has proven to be crucial in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Right after the government’s adoption of the Economic Recovery Programme, the Council started providing policy advice to ensure that stimulus measures are aligned with the 2030 Agenda. It has also established a mechanism to monitor implementation. Both tasks will be further supported by the Recover Better Support Fund.