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Statement for the Sustainability of the Development and the Promotion of the Dominican Republic PDF Print E-mail







First Assembly of Cityhall with declarations of "Municipal Eco-tourism Districts or Areas"

Santiago de los Caballeros, municipality and province of Santiago, Dominican Republic

Statement for the Sustainability of the Development and the Promotion of the Dominican Republic

Given the continuing ecological deterioration suffered by the planet Earth in general and in particular our environment, which has compromised our responsibility towards the present and future generations;

Conscious of the urgent need to investigate and develop measures both to reverse the damage done to prevent them from happening in the future, and also to preserve the space and resources that still retain their integrity;

Considering the role that are called to fulfill those who hold leadership at global, regional and local levels in pursuit of a higher degree of civic order to further improve the environmental performance so as to definitively establish a sustainable development model focused on a responsible use of resources, with a view of raising the quality of life, such as the pillars for sustainable development focused on the environmental aspects of human beings and nature, on a social, cultural and economic basis;

Viewed the Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment dated June 16, 1972, issued by the United Nations Conference on Environment;

Viewed the resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations not. 2997 (XXVII) of December 15, 1972, and emitted during its plenary meeting no. 2112, establishing the United Nations Program for Environment;

Viewed the declaration of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Environment and Development, dated June 14, 1992, and issued during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development;

Viewed the Program or Agenda 21, issued the statement during the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as a plan of action to achieve a global sustainable development;

Viewed the statement of Barbados on Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States, dated May 6, 1994, and issued during the Global Conference on the same subject;

Viewed the statement from Nairobi, Kenya on the role and mandate of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) June 1997;

Viewed the Malmo Sweden statement, dated May 31, 2000, issued under the First Global Forum of Environment Ministers, the sixth special session of the Administrative Council of the United Nations United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Fifth Plenary Meeting;

Viewed the statement in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sustainable Development dated September 4, 2002, and played during the World Summit on Sustainable Development;

Viewed the development objectives of the Organization of the United Nations (UN) for the millennium: “Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality , Improving maternal health, combat HIV / AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development”;

Viewed the objectives of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the leading global authority in tourism and exert its crucial role in promoting the development of responsible tourism, sustainable and accessible to all, contributing to environmental protection and cultural heritage, economic development, international understanding, peace, prosperity and universal respect and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms;

Aware that the Dominican Republic is a committed to safeguard the environment, social, cultural and economic development in our project for a Sustainable Nation, which will impact on the local, national, regional and global levels;

Viewed Laws. 64-00 and 202-04, General Conference on Environment and Natural Resources, and Sector Protected Areas, respectively;

Viewed Laws. 121 of February 4, 1966 and 541 of December 31, 1969, as amended by 84 of December 26, 1979, on Tourism;

Conscious our Municipalities as they are, that they are autonomous governmental agencies and units integrated and interdependent administrative, by political, social and economic imperative and managers, imprescriptible and invaluable for a genuine and effective sustainable development, representing all sectors and interests of our society and our people;

Viewed Laws. 3455 and 5622, on Municipal Organization and the city, respectively;

We, signatories of this unprecedented document in the history of Dominican Republic and on behalf of the Municipalities;

W E  D E C L A R E

Set as historic fundamental project the transformation of the Dominican Republic into a nation that supports their development in terms of reducing poverty and social inequality, and to guaranteeing its citizens a qualified, dignified human life.

Face the challenge and the commitment to join forces in an individual and joined ways as municipalities and national regions, integrated as a nation to transform the structures that generate poverty and foster corruption, since these factors are two of the worst threats to our democracy.

Integrate the private sector and civil society in decision-making and cooperation towards an optimal municipal administration, focused on the protection of the environment as an integral part of our alternative development model.

Seeking cooperation and technical assistance, at professional and economic, national and international levels to produce strategies that ensure the feasibility of the goals already mentioned in this document.

Establish educational and informational programs for all levels, to get awareness and education through the provision of information to the public.

To ensure that our decisions are the most successful, covering and anticipating the needs of our generation and the future ones.

To launch the implementation of a master plan for the sustainable development of our municipalities based on the guidelines of the program, or Agenda 21 Program developed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), as well as other programs already established by other institutions.

Develop and implement programs or local Agendas 21 for our counties either individually or jointly, which would set the criteria and principles to follow.

Specifically establish plans and actions in our towns, cities and regions, based on the identification of our environmental problems, prioritizing them and framing their solutions within the objectives of environmental management.

Fostering private economic development in all its aspects, aiming to provide personal sustenance and business development.

Encourage and facilitate the development of new sources of traditional revenue, as well as alternatives that provide resources for poverty eradication, such as: ecotourism and agrotourism.

Include carrying out priority master plans for the development of responsible tourism, sustainable and accessible, organic agriculture and fair trade.

Promote changes in our non sustainable habits of consumption without causing the un-fulfillment of our needs.

Work on land management of municipalities where we can monitor demographic variables.

Set in the municipal areas regulations, policies, procedures, ther mechanisms of implementation and auditing achievements, plans and programs within the framework of the efforts:

  • a. Pollution in all genres.
  • b. Health and human health.
  • c. In favor of land management and a sustainable optimum use of land.
  • d. For a sustainable agriculture and rural development.
  • e. Against deforestation, desertification and drought, and for the protection of freshwater resources.
  • f. In favor of fragile ecosystems and biodiversity.
  • g. For the protection and sustainable development of mountain areas, oceans, seas, and coastal areas and their resources.
  • h. Aimed at strengthening societies in terms of respect and equality to women, the rights of children and young people, respect for indigenous populations and communities; the participation of those in decision-making, the importance of the Non Governmental, unions, associations, religious bodies, educational, and others. The strengthening of trade, production and services; implementation of science and eco-reasonable technologies; financial resources, and mechanisms.

To promote nationally and internationally our Dominican heritage in our towns, cities, and regions, becoming an environmental, economical, social and cultural destination.

Ensure that this document and the consequent results of commitments and actions taken here as environmental, social, cultural and economic practice, serve an example to the Dominican society and lead the initiatives necessary to activate the processes of change in our model of human development making it sustainable.

Offer or experiences and unrestricted, unconditional support to any entity outside our municipalities determined to undertake similar actions.

Incorporate as a signatory of this document all Municipalities that request it and were determined to be part of the declaration contained herein and comply which it.

Today November 15, 2006.



Municipality de El Factor, Municipality de Esperanza, Municipality de Gaspar Hernández, Municipality de Guananico, Municipality de Imbert, Municipality de Jamao al Norte, Municipality de Pánico, Municipality de Laguna Salada, Municipality de Los Hidalgos, Municipality de Moca, Municipality de Monción, Municipality de Nagua, Municipality de Río San Juan, Municipality de San Felipe de Puerto Plata, Municipality de San Francisco de Macorís, Municipality de San José de Altamira, Municipality de San José de las Matas, Municipality de Santiago, Municipality de Tamboril, Municipality de Tenares, Municipality de Villa Bisonó, Municipality de Villa González, Municipality de Villa Isabela.

United Nation Development Program, UNDP, Dominican Republic

Counsel for the Sustainable Development and Promotion of the Dominican Republic, CONDESPI (Consejo para el Desarrollo Sostenible y Promoción de la República Dominicana, CONDESPI, in Spanish)