Monday, 25 June 2012 08:20
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development has ended in Rio de Janeiro, with the commitment to establish universal sustainable development goals to create a stronger international architecture to support sustainable development.
Delegates have also affirmed their support for gender empowerment, the right to water and food and the need to address poverty.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon in his closing remarks said the outcome document provided a firm foundation for social, economic and environmental well-being.
He said it was the responsibility of global leaders to build on it, since the conference affirmed fundamental principles, renewed essential commitments and has given new direction.
“Nearly 700 commitments worth hundreds of billions of dollars have been publicly announced here in Rio by governments, multilateral development banks, the private sector and civil society,” he noted.
He said that these huge numbers gave a sense of the scale and growth of investment going into sustainable development.
Mr Ban commended world leaders for their renewed commitment which would benefit all humanity now and in the future.
“Rio+20 has given us a solid platform to build effective sustainable development and it has given us the tools to shape the implementation,” he added.
Mr Sha Zukang, the Secretary-General of the United Nations conference on sustainable development (Rio+20) expressed the hope that the outcome document adopted at the conference would provide an enduring legacy for the historic Rio +20 Conference.
He said it was time to take that framework and use it to guide the actions as an international community, as national governments, and engage stakeholders from all sectors.
He called on world leaders to strive for sustainable consumption and production to ensure food security, clean water and sanitation and affordable and sustainable energy for all.
Mr Zukang, urged delegates to strengthen social protection issues and tackle global unemployment, especially youth unemployment.
He said the conference secretariat has registered 692 voluntary commitments to advance sustainable development.
“Sustainable development is the only option for humanity for our shared planet and for our common future, “he noted.