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Belarus to develop national standards to achieve SDGs

Economy 09.10.2019 | 16:24
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MINSK, 9 October (BelTA) – Belarus has prepared a tentative plan till 2030 to develop national and interstate standards for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), First Deputy Chairperson of the Belarusian State Committee for Standardization Irina Osmola said at a press conference timed to World Standards Day, BelTA has learned.

In order to identify areas of work, specialists carried out a survey among the national government agencies, regional administrations, and regional enterprises.

The plan provides for developing around 370 standards. It is centered on priority branches of economy, focusing on energy efficiency, wind energy, green industry, automation of enterprises, intelligent transport systems, power industry management, the Internet of Things, and environmental protection.

“The tentative plan will serve as a guideline. It will be annually revised with regard to the international trends. We are going though a watershed period. Old standards will soon become outdated,” Irina Osmola said.

Belarus adopted the Strategy for Standardization Development through 2030, she noted. The strategy outlines 14 main development areas. They include improving legislation, training specialists, updating national standards, and more actively involving private sector in developing standards.

BelTA reported earlier that the UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda in 2015. It includes 17 goals meant to eliminate poverty and hunger, fight inequality and injustice, resolve problems relating to climate change.

The 2030 Agenda is a comprehensive strategy to improve the quality of life of people, ensure development and consumption without detriment to future generations. All 17 goals are adapted for Belarus as well. The national coordinator for SDGs, the Council for Sustainable Development (which includes representatives of all government agencies), partner and other groups, civil society and international organizations are working on the matter. All the proposals will be reflected in the National Sustainable Development Strategy for the period through 2035. Program documents, legislative acts will also be based on the 2030 Agenda.

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