About the project
The project aims to empower and prepare the private and public sector partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which directly supports Bosnia and Herzegovina's efforts to contribute to the largest global plan, Agenda 2030.
The Project has two outcomes:
- The SDG Roadmap for BiH developed, and implementation started;
- Private sector actors sensitized and engaged in SDGs prioritization, planning and implementation.
The project is helping the relevant authorities in BiH to translate the ambitious 2030 Agenda into action, by bringing the relevant stakeholders together around the SDGs Roadmap. This entails an SDG aligning exercise, SDG-based planning, partnership building and introduction of adequate institutional arrangements, monitoring and reporting, as well as defining of a financing model.
What we do
To contextualise the 2030 agenda to Bosnia and Herzegovina, stakeholders have to take stock of where the country stands with regards to achieving all seventeen goals. This initial rapid review of the key dimensions of sustainable development, including economic development, social inclusion, and sustainable environmental management, is helping to develop a shared understanding of priorities for implementation.
The first step in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in BiH is the development of an SDGs Framework in BiH (Framework), as a joint document of all levels of government in BiH that identifies broader development pathways, through which authorities at all levels and society in BiH seek to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. The Framework defines broader development pathways that should contribute to a better society and a future where no one will be excluded and where people, prosperity, peace, partnerships and concern for the Planet are at the heart of a better and jointly shared future. An integrated analysis of the challenges of sustainable development in BiH, which was the starting point for drafting this document, provides an overview of the key development trends, opportunities and obstacles, especially in the context of BiH's accession to the European Union. Based on the findings of the analysis and extensive consultations conducted with representatives of institutions at all levels of government and the socio-economic actors during the 2018-2019 period, three sustainable development pathways in BiH were identified:
- Good Governance and Public Sector Management,
- Smart Growth and,
- Society of Equal Opportunities.
There are also two horizontal themes:
- Human Capital for the 21st Century and
- The principle “Leave No One Behind”.
Within each of these development pathways, the accelerators and drivers that should help to achieve the desired results by 2030 have been defined. In addition, in accordance with the requirements of the 2030 Agenda and the commitments undertaken by BiH, the Framework sets out specific goals, as well as indicators by which progress will be measured. Therefore, this document provides a broader framework for achieving the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. As such, it will guide the ongoing and upcoming strategic planning processes at the level of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Brčko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina. All levels of government in BiH will define their priorities, measures and activities in accordance with the constitutional competencies and ensure their contribution to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
In addition to the 2030 vision, targets, milestones, and steps that need to be taken to achieve the required results by the specified date, the Framework will also include general financing needs. The SDGs implementation will require mobilization of the adequate public and private resources.
Companies that adopt sustainable strategies and practices are more competitive and have better medium to long-term economic performance. SDGs serve companies as guidelines for assessing and managing social, economic, and environmental risks, while improving their reputation, image, and strategic position in global markets. Achieving the SDGs has an estimated market potential for companies of around $12 trillion.
Through structured project activities involving training and workshops for companies, private sector actors in BiH are being sensitized and brought together around the sustainable development agenda. The focus is on the important role of the private sector in this context, including in terms of their social responsibility, green businesses and sustainable businesses, as well as innovation and new business models, opportunities and markets. Profit-driven nature of companies is kept in mind, figuring out ways to present SDG principles and values as future business opportunities that will enable companies to grow and contribute to development priorities. The project also serves as a platform to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable development and, as such, brings together other initiatives to promote sustainable development goals in the business sector. In addition, business leaders who do an outstanding job of implementing SDGs will be promoted as SDG Business Pioneers.
A set of indicators are being developed in line with the specific priorities and concerns, to help track the progress being made in implementation of the SDGs.