President Stevo Pendarovski held today a consultative meeting with representatives of civil society organizations, professors and experts in the field of environment, at which their thoughts and proposals regarding the priorities in the Development Framework MKD2030 were presented.
President Pendarovski said that the state is obliged to provide conditions for exercising the right of citizens to a healthy environment and therefore among the key topics in MKD2030 are the environment and sustainable development.
According to President Pendarovski, now is the right time to rethink the postulates of our economic, social, human growth and development and build a long-term vision and a concrete plan for where we want to be in 10, 20 or 30 years.
When we talk about the environment and sustainable development, President Pendarovski said, many questions arise: from air, water and soil pollution, to waste management and ecological processing, proper management of natural resources, investing in protected areas, establishing and maintaining ecological industry standards, biodiversity conservation.
Moreover, according to President Pendarovski, we must not forget that the agricultural policies that we develop as a country directly affect the environment and sustainable development. In that direction, according to President Pendarovski, investing in sustainable food production systems and agricultural practices that increase productivity, affect a better environment.
“At the recent COP26 Summit in Glasgow, we, as a country, took responsibility for climate action and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Already today we need to think about a reliable, efficient, environmentally friendly and competitive energy system that is able to support the sustainable economic growth of the country, but also, in general, about new models of economic development”, President Pendarovski said.
At the consultative meeting, President Pendarovski stressed that with joint efforts it will be possible to determine priorities in this area, recommendations where investments in resources and human capital should be directed, as well as interventions in laws and bylaws.
“I am deeply convinced that the Development Framework MKD2030 will achieve the goal if we succeed to raise awareness of certain issues in the country and to initiate a process of mobilization of resources that will direct investments in priority areas determined by broad social consensus, with the ultimate goal of progress and a better life for citizens”, President Pendarovski said.
The Development Framework MKD2030 is a strategic document that is being prepared under the auspices of President Pendarovski and sets out the development priorities and areas in which the state should focus for progress and better life of its citizens in the next decade.
The consultation meeting was organized by the Institute for Communication Studies, as part of the “Clear It Up” campaign.