Towards a global green economy and better governance. (13/06/2012)

Twenty years after the first "Earth Summit", Heads of State and Government will attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or "Rio+20"), which will take place in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development is a unique opportunity for the world, and the EU, to commit further to sustainable development, environmental protection, and improved global governance. It could mark the start of global transition to a green economy.

However, it must not simply result in statements of good intent – tangible actions are needed to ensure that Rio+20 will be a major milestone in enabling the transition to the green economy and better governance. All countries and players have to work together to make sure that the outcomes of Rio+20 can meet our global challenges. A sustainability mindset is needed across the board, whether to save the economy, our jobs and livelihoods or the environment. Together, we need to ensure concrete, effective action that can have real impact across the world.

A major outcome for Rio+20 would be a Global Roadmap towards a Green Economy, with measurable deliverables and agreed timeframes. This would ensure all future policies are developed coherently and in a way that transforms the global economy into a sustainable growth model. A growth model that ensures quality of life for the highest number of people within the planet's ecological limits. Or in other words, prosperity for more has to be achieved without tipping us over into misery for all.

Enclosed article by Janez Poto─Źnik, the European Commissioner for the Environment pdf - 190 KB [190 KB] .