New Online Forum for Sustainable Development

Sep 24, 2012 No Comments by

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) launched a new online platform that provides citizens from around the globe the chance to discuss the processes and challenges of sustainable development with national government officials and UN representatives.

This forum, conducted through different social media networks, will provide members of civil society the possibility to voice their opinions at the discussion table during and after the UN General Assembly meets to discuss the results and progress of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 held in Brazil last June.

Framed around the topic of “Building the Future We Want,” the questions and comments will be answered by experts during interactive dialogues at different meetings. The participation of Heads of State and government and representatives of civil society and of the private sector is oriented to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty, and advance social equity and environmental protection.

According to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his address to ECOSOC members, Rio+20 renewed and strengthened political commitment to sustainable development. What is required now is a new agenda that is “concrete, action-oriented and focused on poverty eradication, inclusive economic and social development, environmental sustainability and peace and security for all.”

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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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