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  • Published on: 8 Jun 2012

Ban Ki-moon: "We want to make Rio+20 a conference of decisive impact and ambition"
Following are excerpts of a press conference by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Rio+20 on 6 June in New York:

"Rio+20 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make real progress towards the sustainable economy of the future. It can help us to build a more equitable world - a world of greater prosperity and inclusive, dynamic green growth for a healthy planet. I have been calling on Member States to show leadership. We want to make Rio+20 a conference of decisive impact and ambition. Progress was achieved on key issues during last week's negotiations... I saw willingness to find common ground. There is still much work ahead, however; the foundations are in place for agreement on the remainder of the negotiating text."

"I expect the negotiators to accomplish this in the days before ministers and world leaders arrive in Rio. Leaders will then act to resolve all outstanding issues. Their job is to achieve renewed political commitment for sustainable development. We aspire to nothing less than a global movement for generational change. We need world leaders to make the issues on the table at Rio+20 their own personal priority. Nothing else will do."

"We live in a world of economic uncertainty, growing inequality and environmental decline. That is why I expect concrete outputs from Rio - outcomes that will improve the lives of real people around the world. First, we need to agree to define a path to an inclusive green economy that will lift people from poverty and protect the global environment. This requires international collaboration; it requires investment; it requires that countries exchange experiences and technology. Second, leaders should agree to define sustainable development goals with clear and measurable targets and indicators. These SDGs will be a central part of the post-2015 global development framework..."

"We need more partnerships with civil society and the private sector - strategic alliances that can galvanize global public support and drive change. I look forward to new commitments and initiatives on critical challenges -- from job creation and social protection, to energy, transportation and food security. These undertakings, and the global mobilization that has produced them, will be a major part of Rio+20's legacy. Ultimately, Rio+20 will be measured in the transformation it sets in motion - the lives it changes for the better..."

"Our hopes for future prosperity, health and stability, rest on finding a path that integrates the economic, social and environmental pillars of development. Agreeing on that roadmap is what Rio+20 is about. Sustainable development is an idea whose time has come. It is the future we want."

Read a transcript of the Secretary-General's press conference
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