• Sustainable Development

    A sustainable development means a declared normative goal of the international community . In order to follow this leading principle in praxis, i.e. implementing a responsible use of resources and at the same time preventing pollution of the environment and social injustice, a new direction is needed for the present global economic and social policies. The Baltic states, similarly to other countries the world over, are facing difficulties accompanying such a change.

    During the first ten years of their independence Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have received considerable sums of credit and grants from the World Bank. It follows that the spending of the money so provided and the sustainability of the investments made with it are monitored and evaluated. Outside demands, for example from the World Bank, must be accompanied by a strong national policy of resource management and sustainability.

    In order to reach these goals, it is not only necessary to work with the authorities and the private sector, it is especially necessary to involve the civil society, which is of great importance here. For this reason the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation participates in many projects initiated by NGOs in the energy and environment areas. Furthermore, the Foundation supports the dialogue between non-governmental groups and the state.