2017 Human Development in Russia Report Published

20 december 2017

The presentation of the Report on Human Development in the Russian Federation "Environmental Priorities for Russia," which was held today at the Analytical Center, included discussions of how Russia should go about transitioning to a sustainable environmental development model, as well as why this model can ensure efficient use of the country's natural resource in the long run while eliminating the impact of environmental threats on the human health.

According to Konstantin Noskov, Head of the Analytical Center, it is no coincidence that the environmental priorities for sustainable development in Russia were picked as the topic of the new Human Development in Russia report: 2017 was proclaimed to be the year of the environment in our country, after all. When the State Council met in December 2016, they discussed environmental development in Russia in the interests of the future generations. Immediately after that in January 2017, the government, various ministries and government agencies as well as regional governments were given a whole range of specific assignments aimed at tackling environmental issues. April 2017 saw the approval of the Environmental Security Strategy for the Russian Federation through 2025.

"The report we're presenting today has been prepared by some very well-respected and famous authors for several years now, after they took over from the UNDP," said Leonid Grigoriev, Chief Advisor to the Head of the Analytical Center and one of the authors of the report. In the previous report based on the 2016 results, the UN sustainable development goals and indicators were adapted to Russian realities. The new Report focuses on environmental protection, the health of the population and how these two issues relate to economic development.

"Russia and many other countries are revising the existing development strategies and plans at the national, regional and local levels and comparing them with the global sustainable development goals and objectives," believes one of the authors of the report, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Alexander Bedritsky.

As far back as 1996 Russia developed a concept for its transition to sustainable development, however, back then the draft Sustainable Development Strategy for the Russian Federation was never adopted, according to Mr. Bedritsky. After 2007 the basic ideology of the draft Sustainable Development Strategy was used as the foundation for developing a number of government policy documents aiming to ensure that all the state priorities in the field of economic, social and environmental development were properly addressed and that the country was moving towards its sustainable development goals. The expert stressed that there are now more than 10 key documents that have been released in the past decade and that define the priorities, goals, objectives and mechanism for achieving the economic, social and environmental sustainable development goals and that effectively cover all the basic sustainable development goals through 2030. All of them have been assessed from the point of view of how well they reflect the sustainable development goals and objectives.

As for the strategic planning documents that are currently in development; these must ensure that specific targets and indicators naturally follow from the more general sustainable development objectives. According to Mr. Bedritsky one real life example of this approach would be the Environmental Security Strategy through 2025 and the Economic Security Strategy of the Russian Federation through 2030.

During the presentation, each author presented the chapters that they had written.

Read the Report on Human Development in the Russian Federation "Environmental Priorities for Russia.