This communication represents a further elaboration of the Swedish strategy for sustainable development presented in 2004. The strategy covers all three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.
The strategy proceeds from a long-term vision of sustainable development. The communication also deals with the international sustainable development effort, including UN initiatives and the EU's strategy in the area.
The communication presents a set of indicators, including 12 headline indicators, for sustainable development.
Furthermore, four strategic challenges are emphasised. Opportunities and threats are highlighted, while objectives and measures are described. The challenges are:
- Building sustainable communities
- Encouraging good health on equal terms
- Meeting the demographic challenge
- Encouraging sustainable growth.
This communication also provides a general overview of the tools and horizontal conditions needed for effective implementation, as well as for the promotion of sustainable development as an objective, method and approach.