Sustainability: Towards a national strategy for sustainable development
The Danish Government has decided to draw up a national strategy for sustainable development that will present Danish visions and goals for the area. The Government expects to publish a draft of the strategy in March for use as a discussion paper for public debate in March and April. The final strategy is expected to be finalized in June.
An NGO dialogue meeting has been held on the strategy and a debate forum has been established on the Danish EPA’s Internet homepage. In addition, Minister for Environment and Energy Svend Auken has received suggestions for the national strategy from a number of green organizations.
The strategy will be founded on the principles expounded in the Rio Declaration on environment and development and will also attach importance to:
One of the greatest global challenges and one accorded high priority in Denmark is the threat of climate change. Another is health problems attributable to environmental factors, e.g. chemicals or particles from traffic. Finally, the fauna and flora has to be protected and natural resources have to be used more effectively.
- breaking with the present correlation between economic growth and growth in resource consumption and environmental pressure,
- finding out how consideration for the environment can be integrated in all sectors and all policy areas through cooperation between all actors,
- establishing a set of specific indicators that provide a picture of the sustainability of current development, and
- ensuring coordination between Danish and international initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable development.
Further information: Martin Lindgreen, Danish EPA. Phone: +45 3266 0458 E-mail: email@example.com
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