May 25, 2012 – (via UN News Centre) The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today underlined the urgent need to provide sufficient and low-cost energy to people across the world who lack access, stressing that making energy readily available can boost efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Continue reading>>
May 24, 2012 – (via the NY Times) Twenty years ago, there was the Earth Summit. Gathering in Rio de Janiero, world leaders agreed on an ambitious blueprint for a more secure future. They sought to balance the imperatives of robust economic growth and the needs of a growing population against the ecological necessity to conserve our planet’s most precious resources — land, air and water. And they agreed that the only way to do this was to break with the old economic model and invent a new one. They called it sustainable development. Continue reading>>
May 24, 2012 – (via UN News Centre) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to seize the opportunity provided by the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to set the world on a path towards a sustainable future, stressing that collective power in the form of partnerships will be crucial to address the challenges the planet is facing. Continue reading>>
May 23, 2012 – (via GreenBiz.com) It is awfully tempting to ignore the Rio+20 Earth Summit.
If you’ve been listening to the echo chamber of low expectations surrounding the summit, you can’t be blamed for doing so. Many companies and even some environmental NGOs are keeping their heads down. Continue reading>>
May 23, 2012 – (via UN News Centre) United Nations top officials today stressed the need to achieve concrete commitments ahead of the Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in Brazil, and called on countries to make progress in the last round of negotiations before the Conference starts next month. “I encourage Member States to end the negotiations in a timely manner, in order that Heads of State and Government will come to Rio prepared and ready to sign up to a forward-looking, action-oriented document,” the President of the General Assembly, Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said in his remarks to the Assembly’s thematic debate on The Road to Rio+20 and Beyond. “There are still some crucial decisions to be made.” Continue reading>>
May 23, 2012 – London - European Voice joins as exclusive EU 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, Director, World Green Summit says, ” We look forward to working with European Voice on this once in a lifetime event at Rio and at the World Climate Summit later in the year. This is a key opportunity to ensure we reach and engage with those in the EU on issues of sustainable development, the green economy, green energy and climate change.”
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May 21, 2012 – (via AFP) Next month’s Rio summit on sustainable development will discuss how to strengthen the UN Environment Program (UNEP), Brazil’s environment minister said Friday. France, backed by at least 100 countries, is proposing to turn the second-string UNEP into a global super-agency on a par with other UN specialized agencies such as the World Health Organization or the Food and Agricultural Organization. Continue reading>>
May 20, 2012 (via Green Prophet) According to the latest reporting, the preparatory talks ahead of the Rio+20 summit have been inconclusive and raised real concerns that the conference will be a complete failure. Many delegates are frustrated at the lack of progress made around the global plan of action, entitled The Future We Want, which they hope world leaders will sign up to in Brazil in June. But Mohamed Abdel Raouf, remains hopeful that some progress will be made and also wants to encourage the Arab world to take astronger position in favour of a Green Economy. Continue reading>>