Luxembourg – Sustainable development

Introduction (pg. 8)

…The Government, therefore, attaches particular importance to the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 and, to that effect, presented a voluntary national report in July 2017 at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which took place in New York. The role played by Luxembourg at COP21 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015, its role as Chairperson-in-Office of the Council of Ministers of the European Union and through its high level participation in COP22 and 23 in Marrakesh and Bonn, documents the importance the government attaches to an effective fight against climate change in all aspects, including human rights. By reason, Luxembourg is a signatory of The Geneva Pledge on Human Rights in Climate Action

… Given the important role that business is expected to play in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the Heads of State and Government in September 2015 at the UN in New York, as well as in the Implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the NAP is designed to complement the efforts of the Luxembourg Government to achieve the SDGs by providing businesses with the information and means to enable them to respect human rights internally and throughout their value chains… (pg. 9)


Part I – Rational Framework for the development, adoption and implementation of the NAP

1. International Context

1.2. European Union (pg. 13)

In its conclusions of 20 June 2016, the EU Council of Ministers emphasized “the important role that business should play in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in implementing the Agenda 2030. The Council also notes that “respect for human rights in business and its consideration in business activities and value chains and supply chains are essential for sustainable development and the achievement of the SDGs”.


2. National Context

2.1. Constitution

…In addition, the notion of sustainable development is implicitly enshrined in Article 11bis of the Constitution. This is important because of the link that the United Nations and the European Union make between respect for human rights and sustainable development, as well as the role that business has to play in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).


2.2. Governmental Program (pg. 16)

In the governmental program adopted in 2013, the Government of Luxembourg reaffirmed its commitment to the values of human rights and demonstrates its sense of responsibility in this area, particularly in its external action:

  • “Our voice also bears the values we defend: … sustainable development… and climate change as well as unfailing commitment to respect human rights.”


2.3. Foreign Policy Statement to the Chamber of Deputies (pg. 17)

… In general, the mission of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs states that “Luxembourg diplomacy defends the which international relations evolve” values of … sustainable development, with a constant concern to preserve and strengthen the framework of international law in which international relations evolve.”


Part III – PAN

2. Context (pg. 27)

…In this spirit, the NAP is complementary to the strategies and policies in place in Luxembourg, such as the Luxembourg National Sustainable Development Plan, which calls for better coordination of planning and consultation processes between Ministries in order to achieve integration of economic, social and ecological interests by taking into account national and international contexts, frameworks and conventions, including human rights.