Scotland's Place in the World
The Scottish Green Party is part of a global movement
of over 70 Green Parties from all over the world. Green
politicians hold Ministerial positions in the Governments
of many countries including Belgium, Brazil, Finland,
Germany, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico and Sweden.
Scottish Greens act at local, regional, national and
international levels. We believe that Scotland should
build on the initiative and abilities of its citizens
as well as on its natural resources. We believe that
decisions should be taken at the most local level possible,
although we recognise that some of the most pressing
environmental and social challenges require action by
organisations that function on a global scale.
Scotland has a role to play in demonstrating a new
model of democracy that aims to give power to our citizens
and communities. The setting-up of a Scottish Parliament
is of great interest to the new democracies in Eastern
Europe. Greens seek to work within international organisations
that are democratically accountable, not dominated by
the military or economic power of individual states
or influenced by multinational companies. Greens also
believe that Scotland has the potential to be a leader
in sustainable development, demonstrating new ways to
live within the planet’s means. Greens all over
the world abhor the actions of those countries that
ignore their role in the implementation of treaties
on climate change, environmental degradation and human
rights. Greens welcome the creation of an International
Criminal Court. We believe that the Court should be
used in advance of and as an alternative to war as well
as being used to deal with the aftermath of conflicts.
Green MSPs will work for the following:
We will ensure that the First Minister has official
responsibility for sustainable development and chairs
the Cabinet Sub- Committee on Sustainable Scotland.
The Sustainable Development Unit will be upgraded
by transferring it to the Executive Secretariat,
and staffed by high-ranking civil servants. We will
create a dedicated Minister for the Environment
to oversee the introduction of Strategic Environmental
Assessment: a tool to assess the environmental impact
of policies at the very early stages of development.
We will push for Scotland and the other nations
of the UK to take a lead in further developing their
programmes of international debt relief. Commitment
to treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol need to be
strengthened by establishing clear and challenging
targets in areas such as the reduction of climate-changing
We will continue our vigorous opposition to war
in Iraq and seek non-violent solutions, where possible,
to similar potential conflicts. We believe the Ambassadors
to the UN Security Council and General Assembly
should be directly elected. We will work to abolish
the rights of the permanent five members of the
Security Council who represent the most prolific
arms-trading nations in the world.
We will work for greater independence for Scotland.
Devolution of power is a process. The next stage
is for the Scottish Parliament to have greater control
over its finances and increased powers in areas
such as energy, transport, health and consumer affairs.
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