Friday, July 15, 2011

Pacific Ministers to Discuss Green Growth

14th July 2011, Apia, Samoa - In an important new initiative, Pacific Finance and Environment Ministers will come together in Apia this month to discuss opportunities and challenges for building green economies in the region.

The Apia meeting is the first in a series of preparatory meetings for Pacific small island developing states in the lead up to a major global UN Conference on Sustainable Development that is scheduled to take place next year in Rio de Janeiro.

The Rio+20 Conference, as it is known, will mark the 20th anniversary of the first "Earth Summit" held in Rio in 1992. The two key themes are: "a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication" and "the institutional framework for sustainable development."

The green economy is aimed at ensuring economic growth is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. It involves a transformation in development values and priorities, as well as in the way our economies function. More >>>