Rio summit on green economy opens with a call to set a new course for sustainable development

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

World leaders began a three-day UN summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday where they're expected to approve a blueprint for protecting the environment and ending poverty.

The draft called "The Future We Want" outlines measures for tackling the planet's many environmental problems and lifting billions out of poverty through policies that protect and preserve earth's natural resources.

The summit, which brings together 191 UN members, including 86 presidents and heads of government, was opened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“For too long, we have behaved as though we could … indefinitely … burn and consume our way to prosperity. Today, we recognize that we can no longer do so. We recognize that the old model for economic development and social advancement is broken. And we recognize that Rio+20 is a unique and perhaps last chance to set it right … to create a new model … to set a new course that truly balances the imperatives of robust growth and economic development with the social and environmental dimensions of sustainable prosperity and human well-being.”

Duration: 45″

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