Europe by day
Sustainable development is a concept easy to subscribe to, harder to put into practice. What matters is the change to culture, policy and action that results from a strategy - and this one is designed to deliver such change.
Few words are required to state our commitment. As the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Scotland, we are determined to lead a government which is an exemplar of sustainability. We have made progress already but have no doubts that there will be many more hard choices balancing the social and economic with the environmental. Scotland bears the scars of decisions taken in the past - but we are determined to stay the course and bring about the long-term changes in the way we govern, so that Scotland sets an example to the world.
Jack McConnell MSP
Nicol Stephen MSP
Deputy First Minister