Brussels European Council – Presidency Conclusions, March 2003

Sectors : Aid volume, Environmental degradation and natural resource management, Sustainable development, Water and Sanitation
Organisation : EU
Date made: 
Heads Of State

Commitments in: Environment - Sustainable development

“60. Bearing in mind the need for overall coherence between its internal and external policies, the European Council underlines that the Union is actively committed to keep its leading role in promoting sustainable development on a global scale by translating into concrete actions the political ambitions agreed in Johannesburg, Doha and Monterrey along the following lines:

- ensuring effective follow-up to the new goals and targets agreed in Johannesburg on water and sanitation, the protection of the marine environment, depleted fish stocks, chemicals and natural resources, including forests and biodiversity;

- ensuring effective follow-up to the commitment made in Monterrey on the realisation of the 0,7% target for ODA;

- enhancement of corporate social and environmental responsibility both at EU level and internationally; means of promoting sustainable and fair trade, notably through developing incentives to trade in sustainably produced goods and encouraging export credits consistent with sustainable development;

- further development and implementation of the Union’s "Water for Life" and "Energy for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development" initiatives;

- contributing to the development of regional sustainable development strategies, building for example on the experience gained in the context of the EUROMED process;

- timely elaboration at both international and EU level of the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, on which the EU should take the lead;

- urging other Parties, in particular the Russian Federation, to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, so as to permit its timely entry into force;

- strengthening international environmental governance, which could lead to the upgrading of UNEP into a specialised UN agency with a broadly-based mandate on environmental matters.”