MINSK, 14 December (BelTA) – A meeting of the Sustainable Development Council took place at the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly on 14 December, BelTA learned from the press service of the upper chamber of the parliament.
“The year 2020 is very important not only for Belarus in terms of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but also for the entire international community. This is the year that launches the last decade before the end of the 2030 Agenda,” said Anatoly Isachenko, Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic and National Coordinator for the Sustainable Development Goals.
In his opinion, for Belarus this year is also the year of developing new strategic documents and plans for the next programming period, which should also be harmonized with the Sustainable Development Goals.
The members of the Council took stock of Belarus' progress in SDGs achievement, and discussed the preparation of the national sustainable development strategy till 2035, the social and economic development program for 2021-2025, the state sectoral programs, issues of green economy and sustainable development in the context of climate change.
“The success of the implementation of the Agenda 2030 in Belarus will depend on how we plan our next steps for the country's development. The achievement of high living standards, economic growth, development of a full-fledged competitive environment, creation of comfortable conditions for life and development of personal potential, preservation of natural systems for the present and future generations should become our fundamental priorities,” the national coordinator for the SDGs said.
The participants of the meeting stressed the extreme significance of new efforts and the generation of ideas aimed at improving the architecture of sustainable development.
Attending the meeting were representatives of government bodies and organizations, UN agencies, members of the SDG parliamentary and partner groups.
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