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General Assembly President Calls on States to Implement Rio + 20 Outcome Document

New York, Jul 27 2012  3:05PM The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today called on countries to focus on implementing the outcome document from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last month.

“We have defined the future we want,” Mr. Al-Nasser said, making a reference to the title of the Conference’s outcome document, in his remarks to a
meeting of the General Assembly held to adopt a resolution endorsing the document. “Now what is important is implementation.”

Rio+20 was attended by some 100 Heads of State and government, along with more than 40,000 representatives from non-governmental organizations, the
private sector and civil society, all seeking to help shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and
environmental protection.

At the end of the gathering, participants agreed an outcome document which called for a wide range of actions, such as beginning the process to
establish sustainable development goals; detailing how the green economy can be used as a tool to achieve sustainable development; strengthening the UN
Environment Programme (UNEP); promoting corporate sustainability reporting measures; taking steps to go beyond gross domestic product to assess the
well-being of a country; developing a strategy for sustainable development financing; and, adopting a framework for tackling sustainable consumption
and production.

The document also focused on improving gender equity; recognized the importance of voluntary commitments on sustainable development; and stressed
the need to engage civil society and incorporate science into policy; among other points.

Rio+20 followed on from the Earth Summit in 1992, also held in Rio de Janeiro, during which countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink
economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.

“Rio in 1992 and Johannesburg in 2002 put sustainable development on the map, but Rio+20 has defined a new vision of development for the future,
which will be equitable and inclusive and will take into account the limits
of our planet,” Mr. Al-Nasser said.

“A number of processes have been launched in Rio, but in order for them to
be successful, we need development cooperation,” he added. “International
development cooperation must continue to play a key role in promoting
solutions for our global challenges.”
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