Environmental policy and law: UA review (September 2019)

The Resource and Analysis Center “Society and Environment” prepared the next issue of “Environmental policy and law: UA review”.

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the 74th Session of the General Assembly (so-called SDG Summit) took place in New York on September 24-25, 2019. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, took part in the work of the summit. While Ukraine came without its homework done and no specific new commitments towards sustainable development, the president’s speech had important messages. Among others, Zelenskyy spoke about two barriers on our way to sustainable development: (a) national opposition to reforms and (b) Russian aggression against Ukraine. Unfortunately, he did not mention the synergy of the three components of sustainable development.

Yet, after his return to Ukraine, the president signed a decree “On Ukraine’s sustainable development goals till 2030” (No.722/2019). Such a document is a good signal that Ukraine is ready to work on the global sustainable development agenda, though it just reiterates well known 17 sustainable development goals.

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