In Brief 26: Rio+20
Expectations of a Green Economy
We welcome the choice of set topics for this year’s major sustainability conference in Rio de Janeiro.
The conference should be about a Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and alleviation of poverty; a renewed effort to reform the institutional framework of the UN towards sustainable development; and initiatives coming especially from developing countries regarding the introduction of sustainable development goals. The latter would have global claims to validity, thus would also apply to industrialized countries. But no theme dominates the debate as much as the concept of Green Economy. According to UNEP - the United Nations Environmental Program, which plays a key role in the attempt to define this concept - a Green Economy should actually contribute to greater prosperity and more social justice while limiting ecological risks and conserving dwindling natural resources.
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