Meeting MCESD

Malta’s Sustainable Development Strategy for 2050 and Project Green on the MCESD’s agenda

In its second Social Dialogue meeting of the year, MCESD detailed two extremely significant and socially relevant topics. The first is the Sustainable Development Strategy for 2050, while the second part of the meeting was dedicated to the newly established Project Green.

In his opening remarks, MCESD chair Perit David Xuereb emphasised the significance and value of social partners, government agencies, NGOs, and other organisations coming together to collectively consider national priorities at the MCESD level. Mr. Xuereb emphasised the future ambitions of MCESD, which are to establish a more robust and impactful dialogue with meaningful outcomes and achieve higher and smarter goals that provide value to the country.

The Minister for Environment, Energy, and Enterprise, the Hon. Miriam Dalli, was invited to the council meeting, where she introduced the topics and answered questions from the Social Partners.

The Sustainable Development Directorate provided a comprehensive overview of Malta’s 2050 Strategy for Malta’s Sustainable Development encompassing far-reaching inter-ministerial responsibilities to contribute to the committed vision. During this presentation, all of the impact and deliverables on all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were considered, as well as how they would affect the operations of Government, as well as the goals of our society and economy. The feedback from all social partners was researched and impactful to the policymaker in terms of how to improve the draft Strategy Plan presented.

The presentation “Malta’s Sustainable Strategy for 2050” may be accessed here.

The meeting’s second part considered Project Green. Its CEO, Mr. Steve Ellul, explained the significance of the newly established Project Green organisation. He claimed that the entity’s ultimate mission is to enhance the quality of life for Maltese citizens. During his presentation, Mr. Ellul presented the objectives of Project Green in terms of greening the urban fabric in Malta and Gozo, improving the national green infrastructure, and enhancing the quality of life.  Mr Ellul also explained how this presents opportunities for private industry to collaborate on green initiatives. The social partners offered reactions and suggestions on this subject matter, notably from those representing local governments who committed to assist and enhance the goal of greening open spaces locally and nationally.

The presentation “Project Green” may be accessed here.

In an effort to continue working on a more specific, sustainable plan for Malta’s social and economic future, the Social Partners at MCESD greeted these themes and called for tangible collaboration and alignment of these objectives across all Government entities and line-Ministries to ensure coordination, clarity and success.