The Director of the Department of international organizations MFA of the Russian Federation Alexander Pankin called health, noncommunicable diseases, access to basic services and security the main priorities in the field of sustainable development.
MOSCOW, 18 Dec. Health, noncommunicable diseases, access to basic services and security issues in the internal priorities of Russia in the field of sustainable development, said Friday the Director of Department of international organizations MFA of the Russian Federation Alexander Pankin.
“Our own priorities are a number of issues that we raised at the international level, and they got their sound. This applies to our line of health, healthy lifestyles and control of noncommunicable diseases, the expansion of reliable access to basic services, energy, transport, road safety, sustainable industrial development”, — said Pankin, speaking at the parliamentary hearings in the Federation Council.
According to him, Russia in all these areas tried to be a leader and received recognition at the international platform.
“Probably these priorities will be more important to us than the full range of tasks identified in the global agenda of sustainable development… I would Like to add and security issues, including combating terrorism and organized crime, because it penetrates into the sphere of social activities and environmental protection. I hope that the Russian efforts will be to present a broad front”, — said Pankin.
The diplomat also drew attention to another important area, on which the Russian Federation is making significant efforts — assistance to the needy.
“The numbers (of Russian assistance — ed.) is significant, it is no secret that Russia’s international development assistance is focused on countries that are our partners or neighbours. And we steadily help not having any obligations, I think we will continue to build on this support,” he concluded.
At the summit on global development at the UN in September, the heads of state adopted the agenda for sustainable development until 2030. The main focus of work was named the fight against poverty and hunger. Other areas of work providing a healthy lifestyle, available and quality education, gender equality; improvement of water supply and Sewerage; provision of access to reliable and modern sources of energy; promoting sustainable economic growth and decent work; building a solid infrastructure; reducing inequality within and between countries; ensuring the security of settlements; building rational models of consumption and production; the adoption of urgent measures to combat climate change; preservation and sustainable use of marine resources; the restoration of terrestrial ecosystems; promotion of the existence of peaceful and inclusive societies; strengthening the means of achieving sustainable development.