Sürdürülebilir Kalkınma ve Yeşil Büyüme En İyi Uygulamalar Basın Konferansı


Speech of Mr. Shahid Najam, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident representative
for Sustainable Development and Green Growth Best Practices Press Conference
Point Hotel Barbaros

Honourable Vice Minister Ministry of Development
Mr. Kemal Madenoğlu, Under Secretary General
Ms. Molinas, Chairperson Turkish Business Council for Sustainable Development
Distinguished Representatives of Media

It is indeed a great privilege for me and UNDP to be part of this very important process of selecting, through a highly competitive and rigorous   process, the applications for the Best Practices on Sustainable Development to form part of the National Report of Turkey for Rio+ 20.

Sustainable development signifies intra-generational and inter-generational equity; it entails that while meeting the needs of the present generation, the ability of the future generations to meet their needs will  not be compromised; it involves the three inextricably interwoven and mutually complementary dimensions: the economic, social and environmental; it enjoins that this troika of social, economic and environment compact be adopted and espoused as a cohesive recipe for sustainable human development.

Traditionally, the economic strand has been dominant in enacting public policies and development plans but we must change. We must emphasize and underscore a holistic, equitable and inclusive approach; we must start   designing integrated, rights based and people centered policies and paradigms that address social, economic and environmental issues as one whole.

Environmental and green progress in isolation cannot be achieved without successfully tackling inequity, social injustice and lack of freedom to exercise and expand choices and likewise economic growth alone is not a viable response to meeting human needs on a sustainable basis without encompassing the equity and enivironmental issues.  

Given the enormity of the scale and size of the problems of poverty and food insecurity, rapidity and severity of climate change, environmental pollution and degradation, deprivation and disempowerment, there is little choice if any not to pursue the holistic integrated approach without doing violence to reason and denying the posterity the right to partake the bounty of natural resource endowment for meeting their needs.

Green growth indeed is a tool and recipe for ensuring sustainable development by shifting the way of creating economic performance to a more environment and nature friendly as well as socially inclusive form.

We need to articulate a new vision. The moment is ripe to advance the agenda of sustainable development and green growth from theory and uneven progress to decisive implementation. Rio+ 20's two themes - a green economy in the context of SD and poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for SD are a call to scale up what has been evolving for the past 40 years. We need to take stock of what has worked and what has not and share, tailor and apply the working solutions.

This Rio+20 Conference in June 20-22, where world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together will provide the forum for unleashing and pledging collective political will to achieve feasible policy options for a more livable planet; it will also provide opportunities to share ideas and experiences among different countries and stakeholders on how best to share the same unique planet.

The Rio+20 Conference is now only 2 months away. In the draft of the Rio+20 outcome document (The Future We Want), the need to sharing experiences to facilitate countries’ sustainable development and green economy policy design and implementation, including  good practices at regional, national and local levels was underlined. The major groups, particularly business and industry, were urged and called upon to share their experiences in this regard.
Experiences provide us opportunities to generate knowledge, mature concepts, refine models and enlist   lessons learned. It shows what worked and what did not. This sharing of experiences and Knowledge in the globalizing world is now important more than ever before.

It is precisely from this perspective, that the decision to identify best practices on SD in Turkey was taken. I am very proud and pleased that 181 applications were received in response to the “Call for Best Practices Application on Sustainable Development and Green Growth in Turkey”. This is palpably indicative of the enormous reservoir of knowledge and potential which Turkey  to share with the global community at Rio+20 Conference. We will see in the next few minutes which pioneering work and initiatives  among all applications experienced enrich and inform the National Report of Turkey for Rio+20. While selected few will be presented at Rio+20, the inherent merit and value of the remaining applications cannot be belittled or ignored; they indeed represent the will to create and courage to sustain and as such deserve to be well acknowledged.  

These best practices are both an important advocacy as well as a capacity building tool. We are confident that the process which we have initiated will stimulate discussions and inspire people and organizations within Turkey and beyond to pilot and upscale innovations, technologies and practices for sustainable development.  

Before concluding, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Turkish Business Council for Sustainable Development, to my UNDP colleagues and to everybody who contributed to the fruition of the Best Practices Process. I would also like to thank to the Ministry of Development for their ownership, patronage and dedication to carrying forward and advocating sustainable development in the humanity's quest for a more prosperous, just and sustainable planet earth.

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