SEPTEMBER 29 2012 17:30h
ZADAR, Sept 29 (Hina) - President Ivo Josipovic addressed the Academy for Political Development in the coastal city of Zadar on Saturday on the concept of sustainable development as the driver of change in society and on the political scene.
The Academy for Political Development is a political education program aimed at young leaders in Croatian media, politics, the private sector, public administration and civil society, and is conducted in partnership with the Council of Europe. Its purpose is to promote democracy.
However much we try to be sensitive to social justice, only entrepreneurship can help us achieve growth and sustainable development. Economic competitiveness, job creation and social development, environmental protection and risk prevention are the three most important goals of all world and European strategies for sustainable development. If we look at these goals from the aspect of two important catalysts - a desire to satisfy both our personal and collective needs and solidarity, then solidarity is often seen as a virtue that is fostered in Europe, but not elsewhere in the world, the President said.
If we look at the European goals that 75% of the population aged 20-64 should be employed, that 3% of GDP should be invested in research and development, and that 40% of the population should complete a tertiary education, we can see that Europe is very far from achieving those goals. And if we look at the Croatian goals, we can say that we, too, have very ambitious goals that are still very far from attainment, he said.
Josipovic recalled that in the Strategy of 2009 Croatia set itself the tasks of stimulating population growth, protecting the environment and natural resources, achieving social and territorial cohesion, justice and energy independence, strengthening the public health services, improving the transport network, and protecting the sea, coast and islands, but concluded that those objectives were still far from achievement.