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Monday, 25 June 2012

An opportunity missed, but not a failure

According to a press release by ALDE, although the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is “a missed opportunity, [it is] not a complete failure”. A decisive agreement on sustainability, which the EU had envisioned, was not successfully reached, as interests “were too far apart”.
For more than three quarters of the world, poverty eradication is by far the most important political objective. Accordingly, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, member of the European Parliament has said: "With the EU focus on sustainability on the one hand, and developing countries emphasising social inclusiveness, Rio+20 turned into a battle between the two. While both can only be achieved hand in hand”.
Agreement was reached on the establishment of Global Sustainable Development Goals, which would be applicable to developed as well as developing countries and accompany the Millennium Development Goals.

Source: ALDE