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Friday, 02 March 2012

Rio+20 at the core of European Council discussions

Following the European Council meeting, recently held in Brussels, strong support for an ambitious outcome of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development was voiced.The European Council  has set out some key principles that will guide the EU in its preparations. According to the European Council cover note,  the Conference “should advance the global transition towards a green economy, thus promoting environmental protection, contributing to poverty eradication and stimulating low carbon and resource-efficient growth”.
Furthermore, the European Council aims that the Conference move work forward on coherent global post-2015 goals for sustainable development, while also taking into consideration the review process of the Millennium Development Goals. Likewise, the European Council has stressed that the Conference “should contribute to a strengthened global institutional framework for sustainable development which should include the upgrade of UNEP to a specialised agency”.

Source: European Council