“It is not enough to set new development goals,” says Alexis Tsipras

27 September 2015

The Greek prime minister called at the special Summit on Sustainable Development that concludes today at the United Nations that the new agenda establish a better balance between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development.

Alexis Tsipras stressed the importance of not repeating the same mistakes made in the last 15 years.

“Why is it that in the last 30 years the global and regional security, economic, social and environmental challenges remain the same or have they gotten worse?” Asked the prime minister.

Greece is in the middle of a triple crisis: the economic one that affects the entire eurozone, the security crisis due to instability in North Africa and the Middle East, and the refugee crisis, which has resulted in the exodus of hundreds of thousands of people looking for a better life in Europe.

In this context, Tsipras pointed out that these problems cannot simply be tackled with a new set of objectives, without touching the framework in which it operates.

“We cannot talk about eradicating poverty or unemployment unless we discuss how to build or improve welfare states instead of destroying them,” he said.

The prime minister assured that Greece will support and promote all efforts to achieve a financial and economic system that will make it possible to make the new agenda a reality in the next 15 years, instead of stifling it as it has done so far.

27 September 2015

The Greek prime minister called at the special Summit on Sustainable Development that concludes today at the United Nations that the new agenda establish a better balance between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development.

Alexis Tsipras stressed the importance of not repeating the same mistakes made in the last 15 years.

“Why is it that in the last 30 years the global and regional security, economic, social and environmental challenges remain the same or have they gotten worse?” Asked the prime minister.

Greece is in the middle of a triple crisis: the economic one that affects the entire eurozone, the security crisis due to instability in North Africa and the Middle East, and the refugee crisis, which has resulted in the exodus of hundreds of thousands of people looking for a better life in Europe.

In this context, Tsipras pointed out that these problems cannot simply be tackled with a new set of objectives, without touching the framework in which it operates.

“We cannot talk about eradicating poverty or unemployment unless we discuss how to build or improve welfare states instead of destroying them,” he said.

The prime minister assured that Greece will support and promote all efforts to achieve a financial and economic system that will make it possible to make the new agenda a reality in the next 15 years, instead of stifling it as it has done so far.