Moldova pledges to promote green economy and sustainable development
Moldova’s Green development High level event was organized today by the Government of the Republic of Moldova, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, the Government of Denmark and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and aims to start a national discussion on Moldova’s green development efforts in the context of the National Development Strategy Moldova-2020,relevant provisions of the Association Agreement with the European Union, as well as UN discussions on the new post-MDG development agenda, to which Moldova is actively participating.
"The concept of green economy, implemented in more and more villages and cities around the globe, is the vehicle that provides the necessary compromise between environmental and economic objectives. The Report Towards a Green Economy: the path to sustainable development and poverty eradication conducted in 2011 by the UN Environment Programme shows that greening the economy does not reduce the level of welfare and not compromise the process of creating jobs ", said Iurie Leanca, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova at the event.
The conference was structured around four topics: energy, agriculture, urban services, and recycling, and brought together experts and practitioners in these areas, both from business and government. Speakers included Moldovan officials, companies and local government officials who successfully pilot or implement greening practices in their work, and international experts in the field of sustainable development.
“Global consultations on the future Sustainable Development Goals, held in 90 countries including the Republic of Moldova, clearly show that people see sustainable development as one of the keys to poverty reduction and decent jobs. UNDP and the UN family as a whole can best assist Moldova in this endeavour by linking it to practices in other countries that can be of direct benefit to business and people,” said UNDP Moldova Resident Representative, Nicola Harrington-Buhay.
At the event, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Valeriu Lazar, Minister of Agriculture, Vasile Bumacov, and Minister of Environment, Gheorghe Salaru, signed a joint Statement of intent pledging to coordinate their efforts to ensure sustainable and environment-friendly development of all life aspects in Moldova.
Moldovan and Danish companies showcased their greening practices and exchanged experience with their peers and public officials at the exhibition organized within the event.
“I am working in this realm for 20 years and I know it has a great potential for growth. I hope that this event will lead to better targeted policies to support green businesses, and more people will become interested in the field of green agriculture. If you do it right, it’s worth the effort: it provides jobs, it’s profitable, and it maintains a clean environment for our children,” said Vladimir Semasco, a producer of essential oils from village Cioara, Hancesti district, who presented his business model and products at the exhibition.
Today's event will be followed by several thematic round tables, with participation of experts in the field, which will formulate proposals for policy changes to strengthen sustainable development in the Republic of Moldova, by improving competitiveness, attract investment and promote sustainable business models. Policy proposals will be available for discussion at the end of May, 2014
Alexandru Oprunenco, UNDP Policy Specialist, Tel: (+373 22) 269 202, email@example.com