The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. World leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together at “Rio+20” to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.
The EU has a strong interest in the UNCSD themes. As part of its key 2020 objectives, the EU wants to move towards a sustainable, resource-efficient and low-carbon economy and the Summit offers an opportunity to pursue this objective at global level. UNCSD also offers a platform to move forward the EU’s long-standing agenda to improve global governance.
At QCEA, we believe the EU and MS should lead by example; they should commit themselves to binding
and ambitious frameworks on sustainability, on energy efficiency, on resource efficiency, on biodiversity, and on technology transfer on the basis that this does not cost developing countries so much that it undermines development. Much more needs to be done to decouple resource use from economic output. Continuing our current pattern of consumption is not an option.