Sustainable Development multi-stakeholder workshops in Austria

‘Leaving no one behind’



Anette Scoppetta


Leonard Geyer, Monika Hunjadi


In late September 2015, the Member States of the United Nations adopted a comprehensive global development agenda entitled 'Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' (2030 Agenda) for the next 15 years. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which entered into force on 1 January 2016, form the centrepiece of the 2030 Agenda (see here).

The Austrian Federal Government presented the Austrian Report on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 in July 2020 at the High-Level Political Forum of the United Nations. To help implementing the SDGs and contributing to the report, cooperation between Austrian stakeholders of the public, the private and the civil society sector was strenghtened. Engagement of stakeholders in the form of a structured and coherent nationwide mechanism that takes into account the provinces, municipalities and the civil society was recommended by the Austrian Court of Auditors after carrying out an audit of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Building on these needs, the at that time Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection organised four multi-stakeholder workshops on specific topics relevant for achieving the SDGs.

The European Centre is a UN-affiliated intergovernmental organisation based in Vienna. Its purpose is to foster the collaboration between governments and organisations in the field of social welfare by providing applied social science and comparative empirical research on social policy in the UN-European Region, forging the evidence-base for social policy-making and mutual learning on social welfare issues and initiating future-oriented public policy debates on social welfare issues by networking across the UN-European Region. The know-how and experience of the European Centre was used to support the Austrian Social Ministry in implementing the multi-stakeholder workshops.


Project aims comprised

  • raising awareness about the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs;
  • information exchange between stakeholders;
  • networking; and
  • compiling contributions from stakeholders for reporting.


  • Organisation of four multi-stakeholder workshops (agenda, interactive settings, etc.);
  • Moderation and counselling; and
  • Reporting


  • Workshop on the implementation of the SDGs in the field of disability (SDGs 1, 4, 8, 10, 11): 27 March 2019 in Linz
  • Workshop on the implementation of the SDGs in the field of decent work for young people (SDGs 4, 5, 8): 17 June 2019 in Graz
  • Workshop on the implementation of the SDGs in the field of ageing (SDGs 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11): 6 November 2019 in Vienna
  • Workshop on the implementation of the SDGs in the field of reducing poverty and inequalities (SDGs 1, 10): 27 January 2020 in Salzburg
  • Workshop on the implementation of the SDGs in the field of health and wellbeing of children and young people: Innsbruck (postponed)

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research supports the Sustainable Development Goals

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