Sustainable development of Latvia: analysis of NGO participation

Spotlight Review on the Report by Government of Latvia on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Latvia.

By honestly revealing a part of the challenges the country faces, the Voluntary National Review by the Government of Latvia on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals defines a range of positive development directions for sustainable development. However, if this is not included in national documents and there is no institutional mechanism, these can remain as just “nice words written on paper”, as happened with the Sustainable Development Strategy Latvia2030.

Stagnating and comparatively high income inequality, a lack of political will to create support mechanisms for groups at a high poverty risk, and reform of the health care system in a way that will have negative impact on less advantaged groups – this confirms that the “economic breakthrough” of the National Development Plan 2020
without balanced development serves only the interests of narrow groups of the society.
Replacing civic dialogue with social dialogue, reducing accessibility of finance by introducing a poorly considered tax reform, diminishing the amount of foreign funding, and narrowing the legal environment for NGOs are the consequences of decreasing the importance of civic society in order to benefit economic interests.
This report by non-governmental organisations, by following a structure similar to that of the government review, analyzes the process of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Source: Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation