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22-Jun-2012 00:02:36
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was encouraged by the nearly 700 concrete commitments - totalling $513 billion - registered at the Conference from governments, business, industry, financial institutions and civil society groups, amongst others. UNTV
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DATELINE: 22 JUNE 2012, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
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RECENT, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

1. Wide shot, venue

22 JUNE 2012, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

2. Pan left, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrival
3. Wide shot, People Summit meeting
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General:
“Every one of us, whether in official capacities or in civil society aspire to the same goals. The same goal means that everybody, man or women, rich or poor, wherever you may be, including all this marginalized, vulnerable groups should be able to live with dignity and in prosperity.”
5. Wide shot, People’s Summit meeting
6. Wide shot, Chief Executives Board of Coordination (CEB) meeting
7. Pan right, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General:
“The important thing is implementation, action now. That’s why we are having this meeting. Action will be taken and will be mobilized by all of our distinguished United Nations system. This is not only the Secretariat, specialized agencies, World Bank and IMF. All UN family, UN system, will be mobilizing our effort and resources and capacity. Let us see how our leaders will do.”
9. Pan left, audience
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director:
“We face a situation where the arithmetic of negotiations is really becoming sort of, in complicated words, a bit of an anachronism. The challenge today is not only any more between large and small, industrialized and agricultural, poor and rich countries. What we have seen in Rio, inside of the negotiations, but even more outside, is that you cannot divide the world into good and bad, into those who are doing and those who are not doing, because it doesn’t work anymore. Some of the best ideas about sustainable development are being developed in places that have the least financial, technology and capital access. Some of the greatest reluctance to take responsibility for sustainable development is located in the countries who have the greatest means, the greatest access to technology and the greatest opportunities to act.”
11. Pan right, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia
STORYLINE
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, known as Rio+20, will close today (22 June) with over 500 billion dollars pledged by governments, the private sector, civil society and other groups towards achieving a sustainable future.

This morning, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the People’s Summit, organized by a group of social movements to counter to the official Rio+20 conference, that “every one of us, whether in official capacities or in civil society aspire to the same goals”. He stressed that everyone “should be able to live with dignity and in prosperity.”

Speaking later at a discussion with the heads of several United Nations bodies, the Secretary-General said that implementation and action were the next steps after Rio and “that’s why we are having this meeting.”

Nearly 700 concrete commitments, totalling some 513 billion dollars have been registered at the conference, out of which 323 billion dollars are devoted to achieving universal access to sustainable energy by 2030.

Among the actions pledged during Rio+20 are plans to plant 100 million trees, empower 5,000 women entrepreneurs in green economy businesses in Africa, and recycle 800,000 tons of polyvinyl chloride (commonly known as PVC) - one of the most widely used plastics - per year.

Ban said that action would be taken by the entire United Nations system, including the Secretariat, specialized agencies, World Bank and IMF, and told his colleagues “let us see how our leaders will do.”

At the same meeting, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner said that “the challenge today is not only any more between large and small, industrialized and agricultural, poor and rich countries” and “some of the best ideas about sustainable development are being developed in places that have the least financial, technology and capital access” while “some of the greatest reluctance to take responsibility for sustainable development is located in the countries who have the greatest means, the greatest access to technology and the greatest opportunities to act.”

The conference’s outcome document, entitled “The Future We Want” and agreed on by Member States, is expected to be formally adopted today.

More than 40,000 people, including heads of State and government, parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, business and civil society leaders, have attended the three-day Rio+20 conference. The goal was to shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.
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