The FINANCIAL -- On November
22, the United Nations launched a campaign ahead of its major conference
on sustainable development in June next year, inviting
governments, non-governmental organizations and people everywhere
to engage in a global conversation about the communities they want to
see in the future, from Info CENN.
The campaign – Rio+20: The Future We Want – aims to encourage people to envision how societies can build a future that promotes prosperity for everyone without degrading the planet’s natural environment, and to contribute their ideas through various mediums – photos, letters, essays and drawings – which will be combined to form an exhibit at the conference next year, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The conference, which will be attended by world leaders and environmental experts, seeks to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date, and address new emerging challenges.Mr. Sha also said that focusing on building green economies is especially important now, as the world faces a global economic crisis.
Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said one of the main objectives of the campaign is to familiarize the public with what sustainable development entails, and raise awareness of how it can transform communities.
As part of the campaign, the UN is launching a website that will provide information about several key sustainable development issues, including cities, disaster resilience, energy, food, jobs, oceans and water. The website will also serve as an online platform through which the public can send ideas and comments and discuss issues on sustainable development.