National Assessment Report Reviewed

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–On May 22 Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margarian said Armenia is committed to the ideas of Sustainable Development and was keen to step up efforts to implement clauses of Agenda 21 of the Rio Declaration of 1992.

Margarian was the keynote speaker at the National Conference on Sustainable Development "From Rio to Johannesburg," a key national event in preparation of Armenia to the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development to take place August 26 to September 4.

The National Conference is organized by the Armenia government with support from UNDP. The agenda of the Conference included presentation and review of the National Assessment Report to be submitted to the conference and discussion of the concept of Sustainable Development in Armenia. The conference also considered the issue of the establishment of the National Council on Sustainable Development in Armenia.

The National Assessment Report of Armenia prepared by the members of the National Commission in preparation for Johannesburg Summit–addresses the entire paradigm of sustainable development issues in Armenia including social and economic development trends–management of natural resources–interaction of the government and the civil society–national critical issues including protection of Lake Sevan–conservation of biological and landscape diversity and forest conservation–and proposes strategies and policies for sustainable development.

These include the establishment of Sustainable Development Council composed of representatives of the government and the civil society and formulation of a national strategy for sustainable development–integration of the concept of social state in the Constitution of Armenia–harmonization of the national legislation–establishment of financial mechanisms for funding of sustainable development programs–development of sound environmental monitoring–as well as a set of measures proposed at the regional and local levels.

UNDP Resident Representative and UN Permanent Coordinator Joel Boutroue said international sustainable development requires the joint efforts of all countries.

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