Centre for Sustainable Development established in Rio de Janeiro

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Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

A centre to study sustainable development will be one of the legacies of the Rio+20 conference, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Rio+Centre, the World Centre for Sustainable Development, was launched on Friday and will facilitate research, in addition to promoting international debate.

Brazil's Environment Minister, Izabella Teixeira, and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, addressed the launch ceremony held at the UN conference.

Ms. Clark said Rio+Centre will be a hub for what works best in sustainable development.

Rio+20 ends today, but the journey to sustainable development goes on. And I think we all know we have to do better. But how to do better? Well, one way to do better is to know how others are doing better: to share ideas, to share experiences, to share knowledge.  All forms of cooperation need to be mobilized to get the best ideas linked to people, best practice lined to people, decision makers, to make things happen on the ground."

So far, $5 million in funding has been secured for the facility.

Rio+Centre will initially be hosted at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro before moving to a future headquarters in that city.

(Duration: 27 secs)

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