Building more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous societies in Europe and Central Asia – A common United Nations vision for the post-2015 development agenda
Prepared within the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Europe and Central Asia and the United Nations Development Group for Europe and Central Asia. It was coordinated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations De, 2013by: Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
The report maps out the lessons learnt across the United Nations system in Europe and Central Asia while confronting the global challenge of balancing economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion. While progress is evident across the region, some countries have yet to reach some of targets of the Millennium Development Goals and social inequalities persist despite progress. At the same time, the region has the world’s largest ecological footprint and is struggling to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and halt the loss of biodiversity. The challenges of moving towards sustainable production and consumption patterns while still enjoying the benefits of economic growth and without exacerbating social tensions are relevant throughout the region.
Against this backdrop, three messages emerge from the report:
· Social inclusion and the reduction of inequality is an essential part of any future framework.
· Sustainable development must be central to future development efforts: this is true for countries of all income brackets.
· Finding solutions to today’s challenges requires innovation from all partners and engagement from all stakeholders.