29 April, 2003
NEW YORK 29/04/2003 (ANA/P.Panayiotou)
Greece, the European Union's rotating president, said on Monday that it supported an integrated approach to sustainable development, working with the United Nations and other bodies.
Speaking for the EU at a UN committee meeting in New York on sustainable development, Greek Deputy Public Works Minister Rhodoula Zissi said that justice needed to be done to the three dimensions of the sector.
''Each cycle (of the committee for sustainable development's work) should address the relation between the respective themes and the overarching objectives and cross-cutting issues,'' Zissi said.
The issues included poverty eradication, sustainable production and consumption, sustainable management of natural resources, means of implementation, gender equality, governance, globalization and health, she said.
''Coherence in the follow-up to Johannesburg, Monterrey and other major UN conferences is crucial....Civil society, including NGOs, should be actively involved in the whole work-cycle of the committee, both implementation/review and policy sessions,'' Zissi added.
She also called for a better balance in representation of major groups from the north and south in the committee for sustainable development, whose current meeting ends on May 9.
Source: Athens News Agency