About 300 people from 40 states participated today in the international conference “2030 Agenda: Partnerships for Sustainable Development”, held at the Palace of Parliament. The event was organised by the Department for Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was held under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.
The conference started with a plenary session where members of the Romanian Government, Deputy Prime Minister Viorel Ștefan and Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Meleșcanu, and international personalities took the stand: Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of UNECE, Janez Potočnik, former European Commissioner for the Environment, while UNO Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed and famous economist Jeffrey Sachs sent video messages. Moreover, the event was attended by Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Raši and former Italian Minister of Labour Enrico Giovannini.
“Romania demonstrates again that it is a regional leader in implementing Agenda 2030. The fact that the Palace of Parliament has hosted a conference of such magnitude during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is an important signal to our international partners. After drafting the National strategy for Sustainable Development and the adoption of the EU Council Conclusions by presiding over the 2030 Agenda Workgroup, we can check off another success in the pursuit of our mission. Our efforts are recognised and appreciated internationally, which is an opportunity for our country,” said László Borbély.
Political leaders, representatives of the civil society and experts in sustainable development that participated in the event sent messages of support for such events, underscoring that partnerships and the exchange of best practices are essential instruments for the practical implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Moreover, several international leaders praised Romania on its active role in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals.
“We must go from theory to practice. Partnerships are essential in achieving this transition. The operational implementation of sustainable development strategies through improving the reporting and monitoring system and enhancing the Regional level are undoubtedly important steps in this direction. This is the only way in which we can secure a sustainable future not jus for us, but also for future generations,” concluded the head of the Department of Sustainable Development.
Four plenary sessions were held during the Conference, which provided participants with the opportunity to have applied talks, according to their interests. Three panels were therefore organised, covering the three pillars of sustainable development: economy, environment and the social dimension. Additionally, a session of best practice exchange was also held, attended by several regional coordinators of the 2030 Agenda implementation. Moreover, the Civil Society Forum was also organised, attended by over 80 NGO representatives.
The event concluded with the adoption of the Bucharest Declaration, a symbolic document whereby all participants declared their commitment to take active part in implementing the 2030 Agenda.