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Lajčák: “Agenda 2030 is a blueprint for a fair life in peace through removing disparities, famine and poverty”

Lajčák: “Agenda 2030 is a blueprint for a fair life in peace through removing disparities, famine and poverty”

12.12.2017 | Aktivity ministra

The discussion on Slovakia´s priorities in sustainable development today (12 December) was jointly opened by Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak government, Peter Pellegrini, and Miroslav Lajčák, UN General Assembly President and Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, at the first session of the Slovak Government Council discussing the 2030 Agenda. The guest of honour was Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD and the former Prime Minister of Finland. 

 

An acceptable pan-societal development vision has long been missing in Slovakia. The Government Council agreed on five framework areas of priorities for the Slovak Republic. “We would like to bring a new style of politics through this Government Council and this discussion. I would much wish if Slovakia would at last succeed in thinking of more-than-one election period-horizon in political discussions. Therefore, we stated we will create a vision of the Slovak Republic for 2030,” said Deputy Prime Minister Pellegrini, while adding that these objectives will lead us through regardless of who will be at the steering wheel.

 

“We must define the country we want to live in in 12 years, what quality of life should be provided to the citizens of the Slovak Republic. This is the objective of the recommendations and goals from Agenda 2030, which we, however, cannot fully implement, as they affect various areas to which Slovakia as a small country cannot pay attention. We will, however, define some priorities for the Slovak Republic to conform with in the future,” stated the Deputy Prime Minister.

 

In his address, UN General Assembly President and Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák emphasized it is necessary to master the Sustainable Development Goals and also stressed the need for more prominent progress in the process of defining the national priorities.  “As I perceive it, Agenda 2030 is a blueprint for a fair life in peace through removing disparities, famine and poverty. So it also represents a concrete contribution to the national and global security,” stated Lajčák, stressing the importance of the work with youth and raising public awareness about this key topic. “I think that the Global Education 2030 Agenda and implementation of individual Sustainable Development Goals necessarily belong to the school curriculum as their results will especially be felt by young people. Therefore, I consider it of immense importance that they become familiar with the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, feel their share of responsibility and perceive them as their own prospective, taking into account the future of the planet.” The five areas on which the Government Council members agreed include the following:

•  Silver economy

•  Education

•  Health, environment and the quality of life

•  Transport, energy and the cities in the context of climate change

•  Fighting poverty
 

Whether these topics are the relevant challenges for Slovakia will be shown during the following discussion among the state, academics, and the private and the non-profit sectors.

 

Agenda 2030 is the UN international strategic document defining 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  Slovakia´s priorities will be in line with these global objectives. The implementation of Agenda 2030 is coordinated by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office for Investments and Informatization of the Slovak Republic at the national level and by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs at the international level. Slovakia as a responsible member of the international community and an active member of the donor community has committed to presenting a voluntary report on its progress in implementing Agenda 2030 at the UN in July 2018.