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1 HELLENIC REPUBLIC Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 16 July

2 HELLENIC REPUBLIC Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development SPEAKERS: Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece George Vernicos, President, Economic and Social Council of Greece Aikaterini Inglezi, MP, President of the Special Permanent 2 Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament

3 SPEAKERS: Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece George Vernicos, President, Economic and Social Council of Greece Aikaterini Inglezi, MP, President of the Special Permanent 3 Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament

4 SPEAKERS: Socrates Famellos Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece George Vernicos, President, Economic and Social Council of Greece Aikaterini Inglezi, MP, President of the Special Permanent 4 Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament

5 GREECE at the crossroads of three continents 5

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7 GREECE Strongly committed to the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs as an ambitious and transformative framework for a new, 7 fair and sustainable development path

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9 SDGs offer a unique opportunity to balance: economic growth social cohesion and justice 9 protection of the environment and of a unique ecological wealth

10 no one is left behind a high political priority for Greece 10

11 Greece now exiting a period of prolonged economic crisis 11

12 a crisis that forced a focus towards economic policies that often create divergence rather than contributing to achieving sustainable development 12

13 SDGs not just an element of the roadmap for exiting the crisis 13

14 SDGs a means to reshape our economy, our society, our resources in a way that guarantees the wellbeing of all citizens and the environment, now and in the future 14

15 a robust long-lasting institutional mechanism to coordinate national efforts for achieving the SDGs: a strategic approach, anchoring sustainable development at the highest political level, ensuring ownership 15

16 a whole-of-government approach a whole-of-society approach enhancing transparency, partnership and accountability 16

17 8 National Priorities 17 adapting the 17 SDGs to national needs and circumstances

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19 Fostering a competitive, innovative and sustainable economic growth 19

20 Promoting full employment and decent work for all 20

21 Addressing poverty and social exclusion, and providing 21 universal access to quality health care services

22 Reducing social and regional inequalities and ensuring 22 equal opportunities for all

23 Providing high-quality and inclusive education 23

24 Strengthening the protection and sustainable management of natural capital as a base for social prosperity and 24 transition to a low-carbon economy

25 25 Building effective, accountable and transparent institutions

26 26 Enhancing open, participatory, democratic processes and promoting partnerships

27 Enabling an equitable growth 27

28 improving the business environment and encouraging investments 28

29 promoting social and solidarity economy 29

30 30 supporting human capital, research and innovation

31 fostering sustainability in sectors such as agriculture, tourism and infrastructure 31

32 Promoting social and regional cohesion 32

33 addressing unemployment, particularly for youth and women 33

34 responding to the pressing humanitarian needs of the large refugee flows showing solidarity in the midst of a challenging social and 34 economic context

35 addressing social inequalities and promoting inclusion of immigrants and vulnerable population groups 35

36 building a robust social security system and 36 establishing a minimum guaranteed income for all

37 ensuring universal access to quality health care services37

38 ensuring free access to quality education for everyone at all education levels 38

39 Protection of natural capital and shift to a low-carbon circular economy39

40 SDG 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 40

41 endorsement of a National Action Plan on Circular Economy in April

42 improvement in waste reduction, reuse and recycle for creating new jobs and increasing resource efficiency 42

43 application of a hierarchy approach in waste management 43

44 "closing the loop" of product life-cycles 44

45 supporting circular entrepreneurship by promoting industrial symbiosis and clustering of 45 businesses

46 secondary use of by-products and waste in new production processes as raw primary materials e.g. re-utilisation of construction and demolition waste by enabling construction components recoverability 46

47 supporting circular consumption patterns through awareness raising and education 47

48 enhancing partnerships, synergies and communication 48 between the various involved actors

49 emphasis on monitoring progress and results through indicators 49

50 SDG 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 50

51 resilient and sustainable settlements aiming at regional and social cohesion 51

52 important progress on the full digitalization of land-uses across the Greek territory (in land and sea) 52 controlling urbanisation and facilitating investments

53 National Cadastre and Forest Maps 53

54 promoting sustainable urban mobility plans to improve quality of life, energy efficiency and decrease GHGs 54

55 SDG 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss 55

56 Greece, an exceptionally rich biodiversity and one of the world s hotspots for endemism 56

57 home to the 40% of the plant species and to the 18% 57 of the animal species of Europe s biodiversity

58 preserving and sustainably managing natural environment provide an important catalyst for achieving overall sustainable development 58 objectives in Greece

59 446 sites in the EU s Natura 2000 network of protected areas: terrestrial protected sites: 27.59% of land territory marine 59 protected sites: 19.60% of territorial waters

60 SDG 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 60

61 fight against energy poverty for vulnerable citizens establishment of a reduced social residential electricity tariff support for energy communities 61

62 important progress on energy efficiency and savings in the buildings sector 62

63 a great potential for further increase RES penetration around 30% of total energy generation from RES in 2015 in a good track to achieve a 20% of total energy consumption from RES, by

64 by 2030 aim at a 50% of power generation from RES 64

65 by 2030 interconnect many non-connected islands to mainland s electricity grid to achieve climate 65 change mitigation goals and reduce air emissions

66 66 SDG 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

67 universal and equitable access to high quality drinking water to all 67

68 full application of the IWRM principles considering social aspects and ecosystem needs 68

69 emphasis on water savings cost and pricing structure of water services for all 69 water uses, addressing the needs of vulnerable groups

70 water and adequately treated wastewater re-use in the context of circular economy 70

71 long-standing transboundary cooperation with riparian countries for cross-border IWRM 71

72 Building strong partnerships beyond borders 72

73 striving to be a responsible broker in promoting peace, religious tolerance and stability in Eastern Mediterranean and SE Europe 73

74 Next Steps capitalising on the VNR experience 74

75 develop a National Implementation Plan for the SDGs, in 2019, consistent with the National Growth Strategy further enhance tools and processes for stakeholder engagement pursue an active involvement of the Hellenic Parliament 75 in the follow-up and review process

76 HELLENIC REPUBLIC Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development SPEAKERS: Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece George Vernicos, President, Economic and Social Council of Greece Aikaterini Inglezi, MP, President of the Special Permanent 76 Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament

77 SPEAKERS: Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece George Vernicos, President, Economic and Social Council of Greece Aikaterini Inglezi, MP, President of the Special Permanent 77 Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament

78 SPEAKERS: Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece George Vernicos President, Economic and Social Council of Greece Aikaterini Inglezi, MP, President of the Special Permanent 78 Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament

79 Stakeholder engagement and consultation 79

80 Economic and Social Council of Greece (ESC) Economic and Social Council of Greece (ESC) members 80

81 shaping common ground for sustainable development 81

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83 input for defining the National Priorities for adapting and implementing the SDGs at national level 83

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89 social dialogue as a driver for change towards sustainability 89

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91 achieving a multi-stakeholder approach for the SDGs 91

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95 shared responsibility of all social partners in implementing the SDGs 95

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98 monitoring the implementation of the SDGs at national level 98

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102 HELLENIC REPUBLIC Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development SPEAKERS: Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece George Vernicos, President, Economic and Social Council of Greece Aikaterini Inglezi, MP, President of the Special Permanent 102 Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament

103 SPEAKERS: Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece George Vernicos, President, Economic and Social Council of Greece Aikaterini Inglezi, MP, President of the Special Permanent 103 Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament

104 SPEAKERS: Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece George Vernicos, President, Economic and Social Council of Greece Aikaterini Inglezi, MP, President of the Special Permanent Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament 104

105 Follow up and review process of the SDGs implementation: involvement of the Hellenic Parliament 105

106 ensure continuity of national efforts for the implementation of the SDGs 106

107 review progress of implementing the National Implementation Plan for the SDGs through discussion in the appropriate Parliamentary Committees 107

108 ensure integration of the principles of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in legislation 108

109 109 ensure policy coherence for sustainable development

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