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April 26, 2012 – (via BBC) Renewable energy sources must become “financially sustainable” if they are to meet the world’s needs, David Cameron is to say.

Opening a meeting of international ministers later, he will hail progress made by the UK in the “green energy revolution”.

But the prime minister will say the challenge now is to drive down costs. Continue reading>> or view the full speech.

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April 26, 2012 – (via EurActiv.com) Europe faces major obstacles in achieving two of its goals at the upcoming sustainable development conference in Rio de Janeiro, a top EU official admitted yesterday (24 April), but will remain an “ambitious partner”.

As negotiators in New York sift through hundreds of pages of ideas for the conference, Karl Falkenberg, the European Commission’s chief of the environmental directorate, said in Brussels that the EU was committed to its goals despite fierce opposition to some of its positions. Continue reading>>

 

April 25, 2012 – London -The Financial Times joins as Global Media Partner for the World Green Summit (www.worldgreensummit.org)–the business, finance and government forum during the high-level segment of the Rio+20 conference on June 20th, 2012, at the Government of Rio Pavilion, located at the Olympics Athlete’s Park, next to the official Rio+20 conference centre: Riocentro.

Michael Mathres, DirectorM, World Green Summit says, “We are delighted to be working with the Financial Times, as they are essential to the success of the World Green Summit. Their involvement will include moderating a plenary session and promoting the summit.”

About the Financial Times: The Financial Times has established a successful channel neutral strategy, encompassing print, digital and mobile, that provides flexibility for business professionals around the world on how they choose to receive FT content. Every day, 2.2 million* people read the FT in print or online across the world. There are 285,000 digital subscribers and 4.3 million registered users on FT.com. More than 2 million people have used the FT’s Web App. For further information, please visit: www.ft.com.

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April 25, 2012 – (via Guardian) Fortune’s conference, Brainstorm Green, along a sunny beach in California this week could not have been better timed. It is exactly two months before Rio+20. So much intellectual energy was present, so many great ideas, that the question begs to be asked: will the 193 government delegations gathering at Rio+20 to debate the green economy and global environmental governance, deliver even a fraction of this energy, this thinking? Continue reading>>

 

April 25, 2012 – (via Environmental Finance) The call for companies to report on sustainability issues has been watered down in the most recent text to emerge ahead of the landmark Rio+20 sustainable development summit.

Some 50,000 people are expected to attend the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June, taking place 20 years after the first Rio Earth Summit, where countries will hammer out an agreement to put the world on a path of sustainable development. Continue reading>>

 

April 25, 2012 – (via Inside the United Nations) At a high-level meeting of sub-national government leaders and representatives from the World Bank and other institutions with a stake in Rio+20, delegates unanimously clamored for a more prominent role in sustainability and climate change talks.

In light of rapid global urbanization, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognized the importance of cities, insisting that “our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities.” Ban called on delegates to play a central role in shifting the development paradigm and make the “hard but necessary choices” that lie ahead. “Our goal,” he announced, “is a fundamental ‘reset’ of the global development agenda.” Continue reading>>

 

April 25, 2012 (via The Guatemala News) The current round of informal negotiations from April 23 to May 4 on the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) promises to be rather intense and challenging, given the great divide in the positions of countries on crucial issues.

This is by no means surprising. The first round of talks on the so-called zero draft outcome document from March 19 to 27 in New York too saw a clear divide among developing and developed countries on several key areas.

These included the green economy, the institutional framework for sustainable development, sustainable development goals and the means of implementation. Continue reading>>

 

April 25, 2012 – (via IPS) Innovating and stepping up the pressure on governments are the bywords for civil society participation in the run-up to Rio+20, a conference with the ambitious goal of changing the way humankind relates with the planet.

Rio+20 is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which will take place Jun. 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the same city that hosted the historic Earth Summit in 1992. Continue reading>>

 

April 25, 2012 – (via Stakeholder Forum) As Rio+20 is not expected to lead to legally binding treaties along the lines of The Earth Summit in 1992, the ability to deliver on aspirations and policy agreement from the conference is going to depend principally on the mobilisation of finance. Continue reading>>

 

April 24, 2012 – London and Amsterdam - Royal Philips Electronics partners with the World Green Summit (www.worldgreensummit.org)–the business, finance and government forum during the high-level segment of the Rio+20 conference on June 20th, 2012, at the Government of Rio Pavilion, located at the Olympics Athlete’s Park, next to the official Rio+20 conference centre: Riocentro.

Harry Hendriks, Global Head of Government Affairs, Royal Philips Electronics says, “It is a pleasure to partner with the World Green Summit and contribute to the objectives of the Rio+20 Summit. We at Philips see innovation as a key contributor to improving people’s lives and an important driver for sustainable, profitable growth. We are keen to take part in the current sustainability debate and to collaborate with companies, governments and urban planners in identifying new value spaces for clean, clever and people-focused solutions for livable cities of the future, in an increasingly resource-constrained world.”

Michael Mathres, Director, World Green Summit says, “It’s fantastic to have Philips as a partner of the World Green Summit as they are instrumental in providing sustainable solutions for cities around the world.”

About Royal Philips Electronics: Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.6 billion in 2011, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at: www.philips.com/newscenter.

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