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Georgia Participated in UN Conference in Rio

Published: June 22, 2012 | 12:10 pm
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UN chief said in a world of plenty, no-one should go hungry

The COMMERCIAL TIMES

The heads of the governments of over 100 states from around the world gathered in Rio, Brazil, to participate in the UN Conference for Sustainable Development. Georgian delegation was represented by Vera Kobalia, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and Goga Khachidze, Minister of Environment Protection of Georgia.

Kobalia delivered a speech at the Green Summit, where the environmental authorities expressed their concerns about reduced attention to environmental problems amid the increased economic problems in the world.

According to her, Georgia has the ability to produce ‘clean energy’. “We have already started trial supplies of ‘green power’ to Europe and supplied it to Serbia and later to European countries. In the coming years we intend to increase the production of such electricity and supply it to European countries in large quantities,” she said.

The experts of the conference prepared a project of the document, which includes obligations for all participant countries aiming at supporting the protection of environment on the globe.

Georgian delegation held bilateral meetings within the conference. Vera Kobalia discussed cooperation with the delegations of Switzerland, Iraq, Zambia and Mauritania.

The meeting, marking 20 years since the iconic Earth Summit in the same city and 40 since the very first global environment gathering in Stockholm, was aimed at stimulating moves towards the “green economy”.

According to BBC, declaration that was concluded by government negotiators on Tuesday and that ministers have not sought to re-open, puts the green economy as just one possible pathway to sustainable development.

Mary Robinson, formerly both Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said it was not enough.

“This is a ‘once in a generation’ moment when the world needs vision, commitment and, above all, leadership,” she said.

“Sadly, the current document is a failure of leadership.”

“Ban Ki-moon’s announcement is a welcome ray of hope in a summit that has been shamefully devoid of progress,” said Oxfam’s chief executive Barbara Stocking.

“Despite the fact that the world produces enough food to feed everyone, there are more hungry people today than when the world last met in Rio in 1992,” she said.

However, for the moment, a challenge is all it is.

There is no new money, and no changes to the way the UN organisation itself approaches the issue of hunger.

Outside the main negotiations in Rio, companies and governments have made well over 200 pledges of voluntary action in various areas.

Energy, water and food are all in that mix – though outnumbered by pledges to include sustainability issues in education programmes.

On the final day of the UN sustainable development summit in Rio, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged governments to eliminate hunger from the world.

The secretary-general said in a world of plenty, no-one should go hungry.

 

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