Richard Rasi, Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investment and Informatization, shared the experience of Slovakia with the implementation of Agenda 2030 at the international conference co-organized by the United Nations in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. He also stated that it is necessary to strengthen the mutual partnerships between the countries in order to reach the common goal of Sustainable Development.
“The Agenda for sustainable development is the most ambitious and most comprehensive global agenda agreed by the international community. We are meeting to address the urgent global challenges that none of us can solve by themselves, and we can only make significant progress through strong partnerships,” said R. Rasi, Deputy Prime Minister. At the conference, he also presented the main goals of implementing sustainable development in Slovakia, including six national priorities, as well as engaging citizens and spreading awareness among all generations.
“Sustainable development must be at the centre of all public policies. At the national, regional and local levels, as well as in foreign policy. To achieve this goal, we have taken the steps necessary to develop Agenda 2030 as the core of our strategic management framework,” said R. Rasi.
Representatives of the Azerbaijani government − Ali Ahmadov, Deputy Prime Minister, and Shanin Mustafayev, Minister of Economy, also took part at the Baku conference. It was also attended by Inga Rhonda King, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), and representatives of the governments of several states.
Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the implementation of Agenda 2030; in 2019, they want to implement the second voluntary presentation on progress in Agenda 2030 at the United Nations in New York. Azerbaijan made their first presentation in 2017, when they presented their plan for transformation from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030. Richard Rasi appeared at United Nations in July this year, presenting also six Slovak national priorities.
During a working visit to Azerbaijan, the Slovak Deputy Prime Minister also took part in the 6th International Humanitarian Forum, where he met Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, at its ceremonial opening. The Forum is attended by representatives of 90 countries of the world; it is dedicated to education and development of human potential.
In the evening, R. Rasi will be hosted by Ali Ahmadov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Azerbaijani Government. They will discuss not only sustainable development, but also bilateral cooperation.