Lithuania

The Agenda 2030 is nationally coordinated by the Lithuanian Ministry of Environmental Affairs but there is no clear policy on the implementation of SDGs. In 2018, Lithuania will present a voluntary national review (VNR) at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).

The Agenda 2030 is available in the Lithuanian language. NGOs were invited to coordination meeting on the SDGs and also presented with draft version of the VNR for comments. It remains to be seen to what extent these comments will be taken into account. So far, NGOs were not invited to be a member of the Lithuanian delegation to the HLPF.

There is no Lithuanian CSO coalition working on the SDGs. Some NGOs, mainly umbrella NGOs, as well as a university, are advocating for the SDGs as well as raising awareness about them.

Civil society could do more to advocate for the SDGs. Their low engagement could be explained due to a lack of awareness, the complex content and lack of political will. There also appears to be misunderstanding as to how the SDGs could be matched with existing plans and goals.

Lithuania

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