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NGOs to the governments in Adria region: Don’t make any decisions without transparency and participation!

The letter sent by WWF and other local NGOs recommends steps that will accelerate our path towards green economy. Organizations plea that decisions, other than those related to health and safety, are halted.

Meaningful, consistent and continued application of transparency and good governance is paramount in these challenging times, in order not to erode human rights, the fragile rule of law and democratic decision making present in our society. This message was sent this week to the governments of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia by WWF and partnering organizations. Civil society organizations are aware of the extreme conditions in which these governments currently operate. Nevertheless, we urge the governments to postpone any decision making, unless immediately relevant to the health and safety of its citizens, for which meaningful transparency and participation cannot be secured. 

In the letter addressed to presidents and/or prime ministers, NGOs bring forth several recommendations that could accelerate the shift towards an economy which is climate neutral, and which protects and restores our natural world, health and wellbeing. Organizations call the governments to:  
  • Uphold and strengthen the implementation and funding of existing environmental standards and policies to address the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and environmental pollution. 
  • Make a major investment in awareness raising and education about human rights, sustainable development and nature conservation, strengthening our society to face future challenges. 
  • Make distribution of stimulus funds and bail-outs conditional on consistency with the European Green Deal and the Paris Accord, in order to drive the transformation of our economy towards sustainability. 
  • Launch large scale sustainable initiatives in line with public interest. 
  • Provide support to (local) civil society organizations.
Here you can read the letter sent to the government of Serbia.
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