On May 17, 2013 the Belgian government adopted the federal long-term strategic vision for sustainable development, for guiding the transition of society. Therefore the Federal Planning Bureau publishes today a Planning Paper on long-term goals and visions for sustainable development. This study analyzes the long-term vision concept and examines its application in Belgium and other industrialized countries. Simultaneously the web site www.indicators.be releases a new assessment of the trends of 25 sustainable development headline indicators.
This Working Paper describes the process of the participatory foresight exercise "Strategic Long Term Vision for Sustainable Development" and summarizes its results. It gathers the different documents of this exercise together and gives some concluding remarks on the process. This exercise was organized by the Task Force on Sustainable Development of the Federal Planning Bureau between September 2011 and February 2012, with a panel of experts brought together with this aim.
Website on sustainable development indicators [19/04/2012]
www.indicators.be presents a set of indicators on the progress of Belgian society towards a sustainable development. The set contains 78 indicators that provide information on various social, environmental and economic issues. The set of indicators results from more than a decade of federal reporting on sustainable development. The site was developed by the Task Force on Sustainable Development of the Federal Planning Bureau, with funding from Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union. The information of the site is available in French and Dutch.
The "Strategic table with sustainable development indicators" (SDI) contains 88 indicators on 51 issues. All these indicators are classified within the DPSR framework (driving force, pressure, state, response). A trend assessment in relation to goals, established in the sustainable development strategies at different policy levels (world, EU, Belgium), could be made for 54 of the SDI. 17 of these SDI, where quantified targets with time limits were alloted, were assessed in relation to these targets. The SDI table is available in French and Dutch.