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UN’s Rio 2012 conference must focus on sustainability, GEC says

17 May 2010

The United Nations’ future Conference on Sustainable Development, which marks the twentieth anniversary of the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, should focus on accountability and produce strong and enforceable national commitments if it is to play a part in moving towards sustainability, an environmental lobby group said.

The Green Energy Coalition (GEC), comprising the WWF, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Consumers International and the International Trade Union Confederation, said planning for the 2012 conference’s structure that is taking place this week needs to move it away from traditional summit templates.

The UN’s latest major summit held in Copenhagen in December 2009 disappointed many by the lack of legally-enforceable emissions reduction targets that resulted from discussions.

Delegates are meeting at the UN in New York this week to plan the 2012 conference that will mark the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit and the GEC has called for discussions to be based on unilateral or shared political commitments to change.

In addition, it said the 2012 meet should be transformational and inclusive.

It said today’s prevailing incentives and stock-market practices prioritise profit-taking over the protection of the environment and banking flows do not make a positive contribution to sustainable development.

A paper produced by GEC, Green, fair and productive: How the 2012 Rio Conference can move the world towards sustainability, is due to be presented in New York alongside this week’s talks.

GEC said bold political leadership is necessary and the regulation of trade and industry is vital to move policies forward.

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