Opportunity for agreement on ‘green economy’

“Rio+20 is humanity’s chance to commit to a transition to a green economy, to lift people out of poverty. We cannot wait another 20 years,” said Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development and Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, at a news conference in New York on 8 March, following a preparatory meeting for Rio+20.

Mr. Sha said he hopes Member States will be able to agree on a “green economy as a pathway to sustainable development” and come up with a “tool kit” for implementation of agreed principles. He has earlier cautioned: “If we continue on our current path, we will bequeath material and environmental poverty, not prosperity, to our children and grandchildren”.

Video: http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2011/03/press-conference-rio-2012.html

Press release: http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2011/110308_Rio.doc.htm

Statement: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/usg/statements/2nd-prepcom-rio2012.shtml

UN Conference on Sustainable Development: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/