The 2030 Agenda initiative: Mexico is making progress

Project description

Project title: Further development of a Mexican sustainability architecture to implement the 2030 Agenda
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Mexico
Lead executing agency: The Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)
Overall term: 2017 to 2022

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was signed in September 2015 by all United Nations member states. It sets 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Agenda reflects all dimensions of sustainable development, addressing society, the environment and the economy. Mexico continues to face major challenges in these areas.

The country is making initial progress with implementing the 2030 Agenda: In December 2019, Mexico adopted a national strategy to achieve the goals set. The strategy is a long-term vision that aims to guide the actions of the state, civil society and private-sector actors. The first states and municipalities have already started aligning their development plans with the 2030 Agenda and the Government is beginning to mobilise funds for development.


Structures for implementing the 2030 Agenda have been established at national level and in two states.


Structures for implementing the 2030 Agenda have been established at national level and in two states.The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the Office of the President of Mexico (OPR) in implementing the 2030 Agenda in the country. 

The project focuses on the following fields of action:

  • Laws and initiatives aimed at forward-looking development 
  • Strategy for mobilising funds
  • Innovative approaches that enable the inclusion of disadvantaged groups
  • Planning and financing support for the pilot states of Mexico City and Oaxaca

The 2030 Agenda department within the OPR coordinates the development and implementation of the necessary structures. To this end, the President of Mexico established the National Council for Sustainable Development in April 2017. Both state and non-state stakeholders are represented on the Council. The project supports effective coordination of the institutional framework for implementing the 2030 Agenda.

The project supports the Mexican Government in implementing its strategy for achieving the SDGs and establishing them in the long term: The aim is to continue to pursue the 2030 Agenda and its principles in future legislative periods. To this end, the project involves the Government, the 32 states and the municipalities. 

The 2030 Agenda involves government, the private sector, academia and civil society in the process of formulation and implementation. The 2030 Agenda initiative is devising a model for participation that will strengthen cooperation between governmental and non-governmental organisations. This will ensure that a wide range of stakeholders are involved. Work focuses on the dialogue formats and surveys involving the civil population. The findings are reflected in the sustainability strategy.



Representatives from the Mexican government and German institutions have developed a strategy for implementing the 2030 Agenda, which was published in December 2019. It contains important measures to steer Mexico on its path of forward-looking development.

In cooperation with the OPR, the Mexican Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and GIZ’s German-Mexican Climate Change Alliance project, overlaps between the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement have been identified. This provides points of reference for future cooperation.

The project has established a scientific network for sustainable development with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Institute for Technological and Advanced Studies Monterrey (ITESM). The network assisted ten pilot communities in the state of Oaxaca in developing forward-looking community plans.

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