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The EEC presented a report on achievement of the Sustainable Development goals in the EAEU region

The EEC presented a report on achievement of the Sustainable Development goals in the EAEU region

7/12/2017

The report on achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) was made by the Chairman of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Oleg Pankratov, at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN). The EAEU became the first regional integration association, which prepared a report for public discussion at the high-level Policy Forum on Sustainable Development of the Union Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the key event on monitoring the UN agenda for sustainable development up to 2030.

The global initiative to achieve the sustainable development goals by the states became a powerful catalyst for long-term national strategies and programmes for sustainable development,” Oleg Pankratov stated. ”While It is important that the UN attaches particular importance to the opportunities of regional integration associations, which may give new impetus to the achievement of progress in this area.” ​

The Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic emphasized harmonious relations of the EAEU development priorities and the SDGs. In particular, he stressed that sustained progress towards achieving the SDG’s indicators could be achieved through a combination of activities of the Union, which implement development programmes, taking into account national features and traditions, and the EEC integration agenda, in the framework of which laws are harmonized, and the economies of the EAEU Member States are converged.

Statistic data from the report of the Commission are provided as confirmation of this thesis. In particular, the trends are registered that lead to equalizing the levels of economic development of the Union Member States, despite the differences in the scale of economies, as well as to reducing gaps in terms of payment for and productivity of labour, availability of scientific personnel. In addition, the analysis shows that an increase in the life expectancy is recorded in the EAEU, recorded unemployment is lower than in many developed countries.

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It is clear to us that economic integration within the EAEU has become an additional impetus for the Member States in the implementation of the UN 2030 agenda focused on achieving the SDGs,” Oleg Pankratov stated. “In the future, the implementation of Main Directions of Economic Development of the Union up to 2030, which take into account the long-term EAEU development agenda, will largely contribute to further achievement of the SDGs, and in view of the rapidly growing international activity of the Union the issue of sustainable development could become a key area for cooperation of the EAEU with other regional integration associations, bodies and organizations of the UN system."

Representatives of other regional associations - ASEAN, CARICOM, SADC, LAS and the European Union also told about possibilities to implement SDGs at the regional level. They expressed interest in preparing their own reviews on SDGs.

In the framework of the high-level Political Forum, a thematic round table “EAEU 2025 and SDGs 2030: Joining the Agendas” was held devoted to a more detailed analysis of the relationship of the EAEU integration agenda and the UN sustainable development agenda.

The Member of the Board - Minister in charge of Integration and Macroeconomics of the EEC, Tatyana Valovaya, during her speech, equated integration efforts in one or another area within the Union with the implementation of specific SDGs, and also provided up-to-date information on social and economic development indicators of the EAEU, which monitoring is revealing to evaluate progress in sustainable development.

For reference
The agenda for sustainable development up to 2030, which, among other things, defines Sustainable Development Goals, was adopted by a resolution of the UN General Assembly dated September 25, 2015.

The SDGs constitute a logical continuation of the Millenniums Development Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly back in 2000, and which had to be implemented within 15 years.
In 2015, the UN member states acknowledged the success of steps taken and noted the need for a new agenda for sustainable development.

The SDGs form the image of a future world with no poverty and hunger, where people can realize their potential in conditions of equality in a healthy environment, where rational models of consumption and production are used, urgent measures are taken to save the planet from degradation for sustainable livelihoods of present and future generations.

The official body responsible for monitoring the implementation of sustainable development goals and objectives is the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The matter of implementation of the SDGs refers to the national competencies of the states.

Given the importance and prospects of sustainable development range of issues for the United Nations, in 2015 under the aegis of the ECOSOC, a special annual mechanism, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was established, which is intended to become a platform, where states and other interested organizations, including regional economic associations, will be able to discuss issues related to the SDGs, as well as provide the world community with its reports, reviews and other materials regarding the vision of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.