June 21, 2012 (via japandailypress.com) Giving his address at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) on Wednesday, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba pledged $3 billion in aid from Japan over the next three years to go to developing countries trying to work towards a green economy. With the conference taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Genba called on the other countries present to help contribute in similar ways to create an economy with efficient use of energy and resources.
More than 100 government leaders are present at the conference, working on how to balance economic development and environmental conservation. Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary-General, said that the world was watching this conference to see if any real action will come of their words, and this opportunity should not be wasted. On Tuesday, the 191 U.N. member-countries reached an agreement on accelerating sustainable development, and Friday, at the Rio+20 conclusion, will see the results presented to Heads of State for adoption. Continue Reading >>