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International conference on national performance frameworks for measuring wellbeing and progress

Minister Alenka Smerkolj yesterday attended an International Conference on National Performance Framework hosted by Scottish Government with the support from Carnegie UK Trust. The event brought together practitioners from around the world, and featured keynote presentation by minister Smerkolj on Slovenia’s experience with preparing the national development strategy and incorporating Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda within. 


Keynote speakers from Scotland presented the new National Performance Framework which has been developed as a result of extensive consultation and engagement process. The National Performance Framework contains a set of indicators which are used to assess the progress made towards the goal of a ‘’flourishing and successful Scotland’’, and provide a broad measure of national and societal wellbeing by measuring targets, including economy, society, and environment. Scottish Government developed the performance framework including by drawing on Slovenia’s experience with preparing Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 – the document was recommended to Scotland by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development as an example of good practice of measuring progress.


According to Smerkolj, Slovenia has already embedded the concept of wellbeing and sustainable growth in its policies and development plans. Such development orientations of the country seek to ensure quality of life for all through a balanced economic, social and environmental development which creates conditions and opportunities for present and future generations. As a developed country, Slovenia closely monitors the developments in international and European community and co-creates them, while striving to stay attentive to a rapidly changing environment and being part of modern trends. ‘’If we wish to assert ourselves as an important player in these processes, we must not only follow emerging trends, but actively co-create them,’’ concluded Smerkolj.