UN official outlines priorities ahead of sustainable development summit

Sha Zukang USG of UN DESA and Rio+20 Secretary-General (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Mr. Sha Zukang, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General, yesterday outlined a set of priorities that Member States should tackle ahead of the Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in June so that there is a clear framework of action during the event.

“Rio+20 should lead to better coherence, integration and implementation in our development efforts,” Mr. Sha, Secretary-General of the conference, told participants at a panel discussing the role of development cooperation to enhance sustainable development.

The panel was held at UN Headquarters in New York as part of the Development Cooperation Forum.

Mr. Sha outlined seven priority areas that have been agreed by Member States and stakeholders that will help guide the creation of a framework to advance green economies. They include poverty eradication and green jobs, energy, water, food security, urbanization, disasters, oceans and seas, as well as climate change and biodiversity.

Mr. Sha emphasized that during informal discussions on the initial draft of the Rio+20 outcome document, there had been a strong call to strengthen south-south cooperation so countries can share the lessons they’ve learned in the seven key aspects.

He also stressed that development cooperation programmes should be driven by recipient countries taking into account their priorities and specific national circumstances.

“Rio+20 therefore is an opportunity for reinvigorating development cooperation,” Mr. Sha said. “Now is the time for an in-depth discussion on how it can better support green growth and sustainable development,” he added.

Source: UN News

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