he National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD) held its last board meeting this year in the Parliament’s Gobelin Room on 30th November 2016.

The first speakers were Ádám Zoltán Kovács, deputy minister of state for international cooperation and Gábor Valkó, department head at the Central Statistical Office informing the meeting on the tasks and institution system related to the Hungarian implementation of the UN’s Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals.

On 4th October, one day prior to the working group meeting, a group of Board Members and experts visited Halmaj and Hernádszentandrás to see good practices in Hungary. These communities located in the Northern Hungarian region struggling with multiple disadvantages set a good example for sustainability achieved based on local resources and knowledge.

Gábor Üveges, the mayor of Hernádszentandrás said: “In December 2010, Hernádszentandrás with a population of 445 located halfway on the “Kosice-Miskolc” started a journey that fundamentally changed its importance, status and role both regionally and nationally."

Első találkozóját tartotta a Nemzeti Fenntartható Fejlődési Tanács Teremtésvédelmi Műhelye, mintegy negyven résztvevővel. A Karsay Eszter és Berán Ferenc kezdeményezésére alakult műhely az NFFT tagokon kívül szakértőket hívott meg közös gondolkodásra.

The Inter-ministerial Committee of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 held its third meeting on 3rd September. The Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD) is a regular participant of these meetings.

Modern welfare societies have created a level of material wealth – not equally for everyone – never seen before. However, one of the sources of this material abundance is often that the opportunities of future generations are depleted by the accumulation of debts, the plunder of natural resources, climate change, demographic decline and pyramid scheme-like pension systems. One of the major challenges, tasks of the early 21st century, is to become a sustainable society in which the wealth of today is not at the price of future scarcity.


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