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Rio +20: Unique position of Cameron post-Rio

21 June 2012

Commenting on the Rio+20 conference as it draws to a close David Nussbaum, chief executive of WWF-UK, said: “Rio +20 was supposed to be about addressing the pressing issues facing humanity and the natural world on which we depend.

“Food, energy and water were central themes that this conference was supposed to translate into actions agreed upon by all nations to develop a clear path to a sustainable future.

“As that hasn’t happened, the focus must now be on putting these aspirations into practice in other ways and that will come down to actions taken by governments, such as the UK’s, businesses and civil society.”
Highlighting the role Dave Cameron can play as co-chair of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda, David Nussbaum added: “David Cameron has a key role to play post-Rio.

“He can help to deliver on his aspiration to lead the ‘greenest government ever’ through mainstreaming the green economy as a route out of recession at home and his role on the High Level Panel will be crucial to ensuring the delivery of sustainable development goals.”

A key outcome of Rio+20 is a process by which the world will agree a set of sustainable development goals, building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). WWF has advocated for a clear mandate from Rio+20 for the development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to be integrated with the post-2015 process which David Cameron will help steer.

The Rio outcome requires the integration of these two processes to achieve a set of goals that not only alleviate poverty but which have environmental sustainability at their heart.

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For further information, please contact:

Robin Clegg, WWF senior press officer @ Rio +20
t; +44 7771 818 707, Brazil : +55 61 8334 5109
Tweeting: @CleggRobin

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