UN Agencies agree on joint work for Rio+20 Conference

meeting in ECLAC

meeting in ECLAC

NARRATOR: Various United Nations agencies met yesterday and today in the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, where they agreed to work together for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will take place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro between 14 and 16 May 2012.

The various specialized UN agencies will produce, inter alia, an inter-agency document to assess progress and challenges in terms of sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean, 20 years after the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development, known as the Earth Summit (held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992).

The report will include strategic guidelines to improve some production and consumption patterns, with a view to moving towards economies based on sustainable development and the eradication of poverty.
The decision was made at the meeting of the United Nations Regional Coordination Mechanism for Latin America and the Caribbean, chaired by the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, and the Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Bárcena.

Deputy Secretary-general Migiro stated that sustainable development was at the top of the list of priorities for this year, as recently announced by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
And Executive secretary Barcena noted that unlike the 1992 Summit, Latin America and the Caribbean can play a leading role in Rio+20, in order to influence the global debate on sustainable development. She said the inter-agency report being prepared will enable the region to face this important world conference with a strategic proposal”.

And the Executive Coordinator for the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Elizabeth Thompson of Barbados, called on UN agencies to promote the active participation of the region’s countries in the preparations for Rio+20, in order to ensure its success.

This is Donn Bobb reporting

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