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Press Conference - ?The Green Economy? to discuss the role of business, NGOs and youth organizations
One of the main themes, if not the main theme of the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this coming June is the Green Economy.

Many civil society organizations, particularly those of us from the Global South and including those gathering for the Peoples Summit in Rio, remain deeply uncomfortable with the green economy concept as elaborated in not just here in these informal consultations but also in g20, in oecd, and others.

If you look at the trend in the discussions here and indeed in most other multilateral negotiations today there is great reluctance on the part of governments to make concrete commitments to do anything ambitious whether in terms of cutting greenhouse gas emissions or creating green jobs or achieving universal social protection. There is even more reluctance to back up whatever minimal ambitions there are on the table with funds or technology transfer or other means of public support.

This is why there is a lot of emphasis on the role of the private sector in the Green Economy. On the other hand, the public sector role is being reduced to providing an enabling environment for the private sector, and less about ensuring that private sector is accountable to social and environmental goals, not just the bottom line.

Proposals for strengthening corporate accountability, for instance, is being opposed by some powerful member states. They would rather settle for voluntary commitments from the business sector for instance; they would rather stick to technology transfer that is on mutually agreed terms which means respecting restrictive intellectual property rights of corporations.

There is also the stress on market-based mechanisms for the green economy which includes trading of carbon, forests and biodiversity and water. In the experience of many communities such schemes further privatization, commodification and financialization of nature and ecosystem functions. This in turn leads to further concentration of control over nature, displacement and marginalization of communities most dependent on access to these resources, as well as greater financial speculation.

To sum up, we fear that the Green Economy is being handed over to business. We believe that a Green Economy that follows primarily the profit-oriented logic of corporate and financial interest would be disastrous for people and the environment.

So we reiterate our call to member states:

1. we should be promoting diverse sustainable economies that are grounded on communities, community-based ownership and stewardship of nature and ecosystems

2. We also call on governments to adopt a strong regulatory framework for large corporations with mandatory reporting requirements and accountability mechanisms rather than relying on mere voluntary commitments or corporate social responsibility.

3. We call on governments, developed countries in particular, to pursue fundamental reforms in global economic governance, not just environmental governance. This should include reforms in international financial architecture, in multilateral trade rules, in IPR rules, and so on. This should free up resources for undertaking sustainable development following the principle of equitable burden sharing and common but differentiated responsibility and respective capability.


Source: http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2012/05/press-conference-the-green-economy-to-discuss-the-role-of-business-ngos-and-youth-organizations.html
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