Rio Conference on Sustainable Development
Tomorrow the United Nations Rio +20 conference kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The aims of the conference are to focus on two key themes:
1) A green economy with sustainable development whilst eradicating poverty.
2) The institutional framework for sustainable development.
In terms of planning for the conference a further seven areas have been identified that need to have priority attention. These are:
1) decent jobs
3) sustainable cities
4) food security and sustainable agriculture
7) disaster readiness
The conference has an excellent aim but no doubt will me mired with politics and political disagreements. Prince Charles has added his thoughts to a video that will be played at the conference. He states that there has been too little action so far with progress being too slow (for an overview of the comments see this BBC feature).
One thing that the UN conference does define well is sustainable development. This is defined as “Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Seen as the guiding principle for long-term global development, sustainable development consists of three pillars: economic development, social development and environmental protection.”
We will see what happens at the conference, but hopefully there will not be too many international disagreements and more collaboration for a more sustainable world. Perhaps the parties can agree on some of the institutional frameworks for sustainable development rather than coming to a stalemate.
To follow proceedings see the website Rio +20