A Strategy for Sustainable Development in Macedonia
Sustainable development implies that the needs of the present generation should be met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Republic of Macedonia has recently developed a National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD) through a project financed by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The aim and the process
The NSSD has been developed on the basis of prior experiences and it fulfils obligations made by Macedonia internationally. Its aim has been to provide an effective framework that offers practical guidelines for the public and private sectors in how to plan and implement sustainable development and encourage an increase in domestic and foreign investments.
The strategy process has been based on a participatory approach. The driving engine was a selected group of highly accomplished national specialists, who covered each their own sector and cooperated closely between each other. They have laid the foundation stone of the NSSD and they will be at the centre of the changes achieved through the coming implementation.
Changes from within
The NSSD encourage changes that will make the people of Macedonia think and work in a sustainable way. This requires a more flexible approach to life and the development of our society. The community should be seen as a responsible entity for development and this necessitates a transparent decision making process that focuses on the quality of the processes for both management and participation. The sectors in society have to integrate their planning and the development should be driven and financed by domestic sources.
It is important to increase awareness of sustainable development not just among the natural stakeholders of the project and the NSSD but also among the people of Macedonia. The national specialists and their working group members have strong networks and have taken on the role of ambassadors creating awareness alongside their other activities.
If you would like to know more about the project, sustainable development, what you can do yourself to influence the development, do not hesitate to call our project office in Skopje, e-mail us or visit our website.