In June 2012 all eyes will be turning to Rio de Janeiro, where 20 years after the first “Earth Summit“, Heads of State and Government will convene to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or “Rio+20″ (20 – 22 June 2012).
“Rio+20″ offers a unique opportunity for our mutually interdependent world to secure renewed political commitment for Sustainable Development.
For Rio+20, the EU has proposed to work on five priority areas: oceans, energy, land degradation, water and resource efficiency, in particular, waste.
The main agenda items will be reviewing the progress and difficulties associated with moving towards sustainability, assessing responses to the newly emerging challenges faced by our societies, and strengthening political commitments to sustainable development
Underlying themes include finding ways to leverage the green economy to foster sustainable development and poverty eradication, setting up an effective institutional framework for future global sustainable development initiatives and launch the much-needed reform of international Sustainable Development governance.
Rio+20 is expected to mark the start of an accelerated and profound, world-wide transition towards a green economy – an economy that generates growth, creates jobs and eradicates poverty by investing in and preserving the natural capital upon which the long-term survival of our planet depends.
According to a previous a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
millions of new jobs can be created around the world in the next two
decades if green policies are put in place to switch the high-carbon
economy to low-carbon one.
It can also .