Funded by: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
January 2021 / December 2023

Policies and Sustainable Development

The projects concerning the linkages between the 2030 Agenda and local policies contribute not only to disseminate the culture of sustainable development and to increase the awareness of institutions and civil society in terms of the challenges faced by the 2030 Agenda, but also and mainly to support decision makers in the choice of the most appropriate policies to adopt in each territory. Indeed, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei’s effort is finalized at supporting at empirical and practical level public and private bodies towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The program Policies and Sustainable Development will be implemented through two lines of research:

  • SDGs SIE Funds Index: The project aims at scouting national and European partners for the validation of the model “UN 2030 Agenda Assessment”; the application to the 2021-2027 Planning will follow. In the case specific information will be available, the theoretical model will be applied to the PNRR (in collaboration with Tecnostruttura-Conferenza delle Regioni);
  • Sustainable Development in mountain areas: The research project – in partnership with the University of Verona – aims at analysing and assessing the potentiality of mountain areas in terms of promoting sustainable models of development through the indicators and target of the 2030 Agenda. Moreover, collaborations with Fondazione Lombardia per l’Ambiente are expected and evaluated.
Main Results and Outputs

The project aims to:

  • Elaborate a quantitative analysis for the Agenda 2030 localization at local and national scale;
  • Increase the awareness of social society concerning sustainability-related topics;
  • Support different actors, whether they are public or private policy makers, in the definition of socio-economic and environmental policies to adopt in the respective territories.

SDGs SIE Funds Index: The project aims at the elaboration and application of a model for the monitoring and evaluation of the spending sustainability of the Regional Operational Programs, co-financed by the European Union in the context of the Cohesion Policy. Specifically, this is embodied in the construction of a synthetic sustainability index of the Operational Programs co-financed by the ESI Funds, based on 143 fields of intervention, which ca be found in Annex I of the Proposal for a Regulation Communication COM(2018) 375 final of the European Commission for period 2021-2027. Moreover, the construction of a prototype of an online portal, able to make available the model to all Italian Regions is expected, as well as a potential application of the model to the PNRR.

Sustainable Development in mountain areas: Scaling the SDGs measurement at the level of Italian mountain municipality, while identifying and selecting for each dimension of sustainability the indicators which are most suitable to reflect the specificity of those territories, the project aims at developing a tool encompassing the complexity of the challenges emerging from the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs, facing the different dimensions of sustainable development – environment, society and economy – without neglecting the role of policies.

Project team
Project leader
Laura Cavalli
Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Programme Director Read more


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