The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov

To the organizers and participants of the

International Conference on Education

for Sustainable Development  

 

On behalf of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO I am glad to welcome the organizers and participants of the International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development.

This is already the second time that the forum brings together experts  from various countries of the world in Khanty-Mansiysk – one of the bright and unique regional centers of Russia.

It is a special meeting. Next year we shall sum up the results of the UN Decade on education for sustainable development, analyze achievements, and define further areas for application of our efforts.

Today it is obvious that development at any cost is a road that leads nowhere. Our future to a large extent depends on our success in supporting social and economic growth while maintaining ecological balance and creating comfortable living environment for the people. This is our common goal, the attainment of which requires consolidated efforts of the international community.

I am confident that the conference will promote further understanding that there is no alternative to sustainable management of global development, and contribute to the development of effective solutions.

I wish you fruitful discussions and all the best in your future endeavors.

S. Lavrov