Governance and Policy Coherence for the SDGs

Malta: 2050 Sustainable Development Strategy for Malta and Action Plan





In partnership with the EU Structural Reform Support Programme, the OECD supports the Sustainable Development Department within the Prime Minister Office (OPM) in operationalising the Malta Sustainable Development Vision for 2050 into an Action Plan and Governance Framework. This exercise will help the country in setting the sustainable policy priorities for short and mid-term. In line with the OECD Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and the OECD Policy Framework on Sound Public Governance, the OECD provides analysis and concrete options for strengthening coherence during policy formulation and budgeting process.

OECD’s support aims to help in identifying and strengthening the right tools and governance mechanisms to keep sustainable development at the heart of the prioritisation exercise that the Government is undertaking during post-COVID recovery, and help arbitrating between policy trade-offs emerging from the crisis.



How we work with Malta?

1. Institutional scan 
This scan assesses the existing institutions and suggests options to mainstream the Sustainable Development Strategy into day-to-day government work.

2. Building the capacity of public officers for sustainable development
Several OECD-led workshops have been organised to strengthen public service’s capacities for formulating and budgeting for policies that are aligned to sustainable development principles; to plan policies across-silos and future-prove their contribution to sustainable development, etc

3. Support the development of a Sustainable Development Action Plan for Malta
The OECD supports the Government in collecting the sectoral mid- and long-term priorities for sustainable development and including them in a time-bound action plan with concrete milestones and coordination mechanisms for its implementation


Workshops and Events related to the project 

Capacity Building Workshops on Sustainable Development: 

Training on building the capacities for formulating and budgeting policies that are aligned to sustainable development principles (4-6 March)

The workshop was attended by 40 participants representing the 17 line ministries (i.e. the Sustainable Development focal points and the Ministerial focal points responsible for budgeting). The Minister for sustainable development participated to the workshop and provided closing remarks.

International events

The Sustainable Development Department participated in the side-event Panel on Integrated implementation of the SDGs co-organised by OECD and Romania during the UNECE Regional Forum on March 18th 2020.


Facts about Malta and the SDGs

  • The Maltese Government looks at the marine space as offering a large potential source of clean renewable energy, SDG 7 is a key priority for the Maltese government as established in the Vision 2050 that offers guidelines towards long-term sustainable development in Malta.

  • In 2012 Malta was one of the first EU countries to adopt a legislative framework mandating the Government to mainstream sustainable development in its policies, even before the Agenda 2030 was adopted.

  • The tourism sector in Malta accounts for 27% of the country’s GDP. 2.6 million tourists visited Malta in 2018 which represents 5 times the size of its population (almost 500 000 inhabitants in 2019). According to the World Tourism Organisation “a sustainable tourism takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities" (Related SDGs 14, 12 and 8).

  • Malta sea area (Exclusive Economic Zone) (54823 km2) represents 173 times its land area (316 km2). For Malta it is a key priority to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” (SDG 14).

  • Since 2012 Malta established institutional bodies, such as the Guardian of Future Generations and the Sustainable Development Network, which aim at fostering exchange of views and national dialogue as well as overseeing the implementation of sustainable development in Malta.


This project was funded by the European Union via the Structural Reform Support Programme and implemented by the OECD, in cooperation with the European Commission's Directorate General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM)  


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