June 12, 2012 (via trust.org) The thematic battle at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Brazil next week will be primarily around the new concept of a “green economy” – and how best to define it.”If the green economy is clearly defined in a way that supports sustainable development without resorting to market-based experiments or techno-fixes, this will be a success,” Alex Scrivener, policy officer at the London-based World Development Movement (WDM), told IPS.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week the international community needs to reach consensus on an inclusive green economy “that will lift people from poverty and protect the global environment”.
This, he pointed out, requires international collaboration. But it also requires investment, funding, shared experiences and technology transfers.
A key theme of the UNCSD, also known as Rio+20 and scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro Jun. 20-22, will be the integration of a “green economy” into the larger concept of sustainable development. Continue Reading >>