Grigory Karasin: Sustainable development measures are integrated into our national projects

The senator spoke at the 2nd Global Forum for Interparliamentary Cooperation on Sustainable Development Goals.

Chair of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Grigory Karasin spoke at a panel session of the 2nd Global Forum of Interparliamentary Cooperation on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Tashkent.

The senator’s speech focused on the role of parliaments and interparliamentary cooperation in effective implementation of the Global Agenda 2030.

According to Grigory Karasin, implementation of the Global Agenda 2030 plays an important role in determining the world’s future direction.

“The measures for achieving the sustainable development goals in the Russian Federation are integrated into our national projects and other strategic and programme documents. We have drawn up a step-by-step plan to achieve them and the planning horizon is 2030,” the Senator said.

He reported that work was in progress on every one of the 17 goals on the agenda. “We are ready to share our experience with our partners, including those where Russia has been most successful,” Grigory Karasin said, adding that the challenges and complexities of the current geopolitical situation had not affected Russia’s ambition to solve environmental and climate issues.

“The Covid-19 pandemic and the unilateral sanctions policy of certain countries have seriously slowed down progress in realising the 2030 Agenda and have caused substantial damage to the global economy. New measures are required to intensify coordinated action to expedite the sustainable development goals. Parliamentarians have an active part to play in this effort,” the senator stressed.

“Engaging the legislative authorities in multilateral cooperation in the interests of development is one of the key factors involved in achieving global socioeconomic, conservation and humanitarian targets.”

Grigory Karasin emphasised that international events significantly contribute to this work.

“These include meetings of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly and the Nevsky International Environmental Congress under the auspices of the Federation Council that harmonise common approaches to environmental policy. Our country will chair BRICS next year, and the Federation Council will oversee the Parliamentary Forum of this respected association. Russia’s chairmanship will focus on strengthening multilateralism for justice in global development and security. This work would be impossible without the active involvement of the parliamentary community, including through consultations on the legal and regulatory framework of our cooperation.”