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Conference to launch the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy

‚‚For a sustainable future- Conference to launch the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy”


The Romanian Government hosted today the event: ‚‚For a sustainable future- Conference to launch the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy”, chaired by the State Advisor László Borbély, coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development, within the Secretariat –General of the Government. This debate was attended by the President of the Senate Calin Popescu –Tariceanu, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds Paul Stanescu, several members of the Government and Parliament, representatives of academic milieu, business environment, civil society, central and local public institutions.

In the opening remarks, State Advisor László Borbély stated that 2017 is emblematic for Romania’s future, as there starts the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy, in fact setting up the institutional framework for the 2030 Agenda objectives implementation aimed at adopting a document to adjust the paradigm shift at global level in the field of sustainable development.

"An editorial group has been set up which, along with the Department for Sustainable Development, will finalize the strategy revision by the end of March 2018. We are also going to enter into a partnership with the National Institute of Statistics in order to obtain the data necessary to establish an institutional framework enabling us to implement the Agenda 2030. Communication is very important and therefore, by the end of March 2018, we will have meetings in all the 8 Development Regions, but also other events alomg with the business community, civil society and other important institutions in Romania. " stated László Borbély.

State Advisor László Borbély also presented the measures to be taken for the preparation and implementation of the revised Strategy, a document that to be finalized by April 2018. "I hope that Romania will have sustainable development among the priorities of its mandate, during the exercise of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019” the State Advisor further stated.

The Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu mentioned in his speech that the current Strategy, adopted in 2008, was the result of a joint effort of several Governments, and underlined that such a document should be pursued beyond political cycles. "My first exhortation to governmental, central and local institutions and the NGOs, the academic milieu, the business environment is for them to resume real openness for dialogue without which the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy would have no future " added the President of the Senate.

Vice Prime Minister Paul Stănescu stated that Romania committed itself to implementing the Sustainable Development Objectives at national level by revising the National Sustainable Development Strategy- Horizons 2013-2020-2030 (NDSD). " Romania's Territorial Development Strategy (SDTR) has been developed by the Ministry of Development, and is designed to promote territorial cohesion and competitiveness, sustainable development and the communities access to development opportunities, in line with fundamental human rights values ​​and EU policies. This document sets out Romania’ strategic development framework for the 2035 time horizon, necessary to support and direct the territorial development process at national level and at the same time, it makes a significant contribution to meeting the objectives of the Programme for Government” stated Vice Prime Minister Paul Stanescu.

Chairperson of the SRI Control Committee Georgian Pop outlined that for the global dimension of the field to be understood and reflected in the revised Strategy, it is necessary to adjust the national document to international trends in this field. It is also necessary to set up a Consultative Council to contribute to the Strategy revision. „Setting up, under the aegis of Parliament, of a Consultative Council, comprised of members of Parliament, civil society, academic milieu- with the role of identifying the best sustainable development options for Romania”, stated Georgian Pop.

The event took place in the presence of 170 guests, representatives of the academic milieu, NGOs, central public authorities.

About Agenda 2030: Agenda 2030 was adopted at the 2015 UN summit in New York. Through this document, the UN has provided a universal agenda with clear and quantifiable objectives. Agenda 2030 includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Objectives (SDPs) and an action plan for the next 15 years to eradicate extreme poverty, combat inequality, injustice and protect the planet by 2030. The scope of Agenda 2030 and the nature of the aspects concerned implies a high degree of coherence and coordination of sectoral policies. Thus, the Government of Romania assumed its implementation at the highest political level, establishing by Government Decision no. 313/2017, the Department for Sustainable Development, within the Government's working apparatus.

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