EU welcomes Rio's outcome


June 27, 2012, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 06 No.-02 June. 22-2012 (Aashar 08, 2069)<br>

In his statement EU Commissioner Janez Potocnik thanked Brazil and the President of Brazil personally for her efforts in bringing this conference to a successful conclusion.

"We support the adoption of this outcome document. As partners know, there are a number of areas where we would have hoped for a more ambitious outcome, for instance  with regard to the definition of concrete timelines for the realization of goals in the priority areas covered by the document," said Janez.  At the same time, we welcome the fact that this outcome document acknowledges the important role of the green economy in achieving sustainable development and poverty eradication. This is an important step in the right direction."

EU also welcomes the document’s recognition of the need for broader measures of progress to complement GDP, and the importance of corporate sustainability reporting.

EU said it will remain fully engaged in further work on defining and operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals welcoming the agreement to reinforce IFSD, and in particular international environmental governance by strengthening and upgrading UNEP. It will now have universal membership and must become our common home to set the global environmental agenda. With this in mind, we will continue to work, together with our partners, for the creation of a fully-fledged United Nations Environment Organization, to work on an equal footing with other UN organizations.

"We are convinced that democracy, human rights, rule of law, good governance, and gender equality and empowerment of women are indispensable for achieving sustainable development. We also recognize the fundamental role of civil society and other stakeholders in the realization of sustainable development and we will work to increase
their participation in decision making processes," he said.


EU said the shared challenge for us all now is to implement this outcome document, and ensure that Rio+20 leads to real action for sustainable development, the green economy and
poverty eradication.

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