European Informal Environment Council Discusses Governance

May 04, 2012 No Comments by

The European Union and its Member States presented their position about the Green Economy discussion for the the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development UNCSD Rio + 20. The declaration resulted from the meeting of the Informal Environmental Council of the European Union in Horsens, Denmark on April 18th-19th, 2012.

Ministers reinforced the relevance of the green economy in the context of poverty eradication as a fundamental component of sustainable development. They also called for coordinated efforts to ensure environmental sustainability and to reduce poverty while protecting the environment and the resources upon which some economies highly depend. This is the ambitious approach that the EU and its Member States plan to bring to the negotiations next June.

The European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik from Slovenia, recognized the role of the European Commission in developing a clear and strong negotiation position for the upcoming conference. In his remarks, he called for the green economy to offer new and renovated opportunities for all countries around the world in all stages of development. He proposed a new focus in what he called the five “pillars of life”: water, sustainable energy; oceans; land and ecosystems; and resource efficiency and waste in particular, in order to take measures that truly respond to the pressures of environmental problems and resource constraints.

The Ministers agreed on a roadmap that links the concept of an inclusive green economy to the emerging discussions about the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs and to support the transition towards the green economy in a way that progresses hand-in-hand with sustainable development.

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Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy joined the GEG team in September 2011as a research assistant for the UMass Center of Governance and Sustainability. Natalia graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005 and its currently a PhD Student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at UMass Boston
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