The UN has just launched the report “From Transition to Transformation: Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Europe and Central Asia” at the first Global Human Development Forum. According to the study, Eastern Europe and Central Asia need to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in “green” jobs, and establish social protection floors to ensure a sustainable future.
The report finds that a sustainable economy can increase competitiveness, and lower the incidence of cardiovascular and respiratory disease. It also demonstrates that removing harmful subsidies can create savings that can be used to increase equity.
The report calls for:
-Removing fossil fuel subsidies
-Establishing nationally defined social protection floors
-Investing in green jobs creation
-Accelerating active labour market policies
-Governments to consider sustainability in all major decisions at national and local levels and demonstrate leadership during the sustainable transformation
-Raising awareness among producers, consumers, political parties, and scientific and cultural communities.
The report is a contribution of governments, experts, researchers and development practitioners ahead of the ‘Rio+20’ U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held inBrazilin June.
To download the report, please visit: http://on.undp.org/GPTYH2