The nation is making progress towards sustainability, Katalin Szili, the Prime Minister’s deputy chief adviser and founder and honorary president of the National Council for Sustainable Development told Hungarian state news agency MTI. The former House Speaker’s remarks marked the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the National Sustainable Development Framework Strategy.
Katalin Szili highlighted that achieving sustainable development is one of the biggest challenges facing all democratic political systems in the 21st century.
Almost exactly ten years ago today, the Hungarian National Assembly adopted a resolution on the National Sustainable Development Framework Strategy,
called ‘National Concept for the Transition to Sustainability,’ which was presented to parliament by the National Council for Sustainable Development (NFFT), established fifteen years ago. She added that the strategic framework outlined the first steps towards transitioning to sustainability, which is key for the long-term survival of the Hungarian nation. The framework also defined its application in the decision-making process, the requirements of sustainable development, and the rules for responsible management of our national resources.
For the period until 2024, the programme sets out four main objectives for four national resources. First, in terms of human resources, the primary objectives are mitigating demographic and social inequality, increasing cohesion, raising the effectiveness of the education system, and the creation of a healthy society. Second, the programme focuses on goals for social resources, which include developing cultural services, strengthening family values, preserving heritage, and building trust. Third, as it relates to natural resources, it focuses on biodiversity, renewable and non-renewable resources, and the environmental impacts on humans. Fourth, it focuses on economic resources, aiming to strengthen innovation, expand employment, and create career models, Katalin Szili reiterated. The deputy chief adviser continued by saying that since the adoption of the framework strategy, the NFFT has monitored the state of Hungarian national resources and provided feedback on the results achieved in four Progress Reports.
‘To adhere to our responsibilities towards future generations, towards the lives of our children and grandchildren, and in compliance with the provisions of the Basic Law, we must continuously ensure the maintenance, preservation, and enhancement of our national resources,’ Katalin Szili stated.
The latest, fourth progress report highlights that since the adoption of the framework strategy, the number of children born into families has significantly increased, the number of employed individuals has grown. Meanwhile, the proportion of those facing severe financial difficulties has decreased.
Over the past ten years, the Hungarian National Assembly has worked to achieve changes in sustainability by following the plan outlined in the National Sustainable Development Framework Strategy, in line with domestic and global trends.
‘We must continue to create a new strategic framework next year, for another ten-year period, to enable Hungary to live up to the, from a European perspective also, favourable vision it has created for its own future. Looking back to the period since the regime change, the cooperation between the National Council for Sustainable Development and the government has become exemplary with the adoption of the strategic framework. This cooperation is the guarantee for achieving our strategic goals in sustainability,’ Katalin Szili concluded.