Ban declares Rio+20 a "success"
Senior Officials of the United Nations have highlighted the achievements of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development has a global movement in the change in governments, the private sector and civil society towards protection of the environment whilst contributing to global prosperity.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the General Assembly said:
“Let me be clear. In Rio, we saw the further evolution of an undeniable global movement for change.”
More than 40,000 people to include representatives of parliament, UN officials and civil society leaders attended the Rio conference during which countries adopted Agenda 21. The Agenda is a blueprint to rethinking economic growth, advancement of social equity and establishing environmental protection.
Mr Ban said:
“The Future We Want is an important victory for multilateralism after months of difficult negotiations.”
In the document, countries have renewed their political commitment to sustainable development and have set out a number of agreed goals to achieve sustainability. The document calls for its signatories to carry out a number of actions including how green economy can be used to achieve sustainable development, strengthening of the UN Environment Programme and promotion of corporate sustainability.
Mr Ban spoke about the importance of the 700 commitments saying:
“This is a remarkable testament to bottom-up, grassroots commitment. The world is watching and will hold us all accountable to the commitments made in Rio.”
“The many commitments made in Rio will be a concrete and lasting legacy of the Conference. If the outcome document is the foundation for the next stage of our journey to sustainable development, the commitments are the bricks and cement.”
President of the General Assembly, Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said:
“Implementation is imperative if we are to attain the future we want. Now that the summit is over, the real work begins, and we all have our parts to play for ultimate success.”
“No country has been completely immune from the global economic and financial crisis that hit the world in 2008. To tackle this issue successfully, the world needs to come together like never before and act collectively with a sense of urgency.”