Over the last few years, governments, international organizations and other involved stakeholders around the globe have been working to find common ground and synergy for delivering ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ and SDGs. ECO Member States, individually and collectively as a region, have been involved in policy-making as well as operational frameworks to react to the challenges/opportunities exposed by the global issues. In its paradigms for regional economic developments, ECO has always attempted to put ‘sustainability’ as one of its core principles thereby contributing into the global agendas with regional impacts. It was the case during MDGs era. In SDGs era, ECO continues to streamline its programmes with the relevant SDGs, particularly where immediate regional needs and requirements necessitate.
The ‘ECO Vision 2025′, which has recently been endorsed by the ECO Heads of States/Governments, sets important areas of cooperation at regional and global arena, with direct and indirect link to Sustainable Development Goals’. ECO is well aware of the importance of synergies and promoting complementarities between the “ECO Vision 2025” and the UN ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. In this rationale, ECO has addressed in its 2025 Vision areas of cooperation in line with some SDGs.
ECO is pursuing proactive cooperative policy with other international organizations, and is promoting and implementing UN agenda in the ECO Member States, including universal access to modern energy, doubling the global rate of energy efficiency improvement and doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030. Moreover, the Secretariat has been active in the important environmental fora for mobilizing support from relevant stakeholders for implementation of relevant aspects of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in the ECO Region.
‘We acknowledge that any long term benefits to the peoples of the region through social and economic programs depend on long term sustainable progress, therefore we express our resolve to support the global efforts aimed at addressing the challenges facing the international community.
We share the goals and targets defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015 as enshrined in its outcome document “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. In doing so, we will give priority to the immediate needs and concerns of our Region and its peoples as identified in this Vision. To this end, we will welcome partnerships with the relevant international and regional organizations.’
ECO Vision 2025