Europe - sustainable development strategy: European
Commission presents new platform for action
The European Commission's review of the EU's Sustainable Development    
Strategy calls on all governments, businesses, NGOs and citizens to    
come up with new and better ways to move towards a more sustainable    
way of life and seize the opportunities available. Published today, the    
review reiterates the Commission's commitment to continue to play a key    
part in achieving change whilst setting out further concrete actions for the    
coming years.   
   
The Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS):   
   
•provides a platform for action for business leaders, regional and local    
authorities, NGOs, academia and citizens' organisations - who,    
together, can make change happen   
•identifies key issues such as climate change and energy efficiency    
where action needs to be speeded up   
•makes links between how EU polices affect sustainability in third    
countries and vice-versa   
•is a starting point for ensuring that the EU institutions and Member    
States work in an effective partnership to achieve change, measuring    
progress and regularly reviewing priorities.   
The Review explores 'inter-linkages', in other words how progress in one    
area can produce positive spin-offs in others. For example, action on    
sustainable energy can help improve security of energy supply, reduce    
climate change and local air pollution, reduce poverty and improve    
security, while promoting rural and local development. It also covers the    
central role of research and development as well as education and the    
need for more 'joined up' decision making.   
   
The Review aims to mobilise all those who have the capacity to bring    
about change on the ground. For example, many businesses large and    
small already take sustainability very seriously indeed. They are asked to    
continue showing the way to others and offered a consultative role along    
with other stakeholders such as the social partners in implementing the    
strategy.   
   
Link: http://europa.eu.int/comm/sustainable/in ...   
   
   
News article posted courtesy of Resource Recovery Forum: http://www.resourcesnotwaste.org/ 
Posted: 20/12/2005 By: Professor Paul Bardos



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