29th Forum Global Issues on 16 May 2012: Rio+20 – Can institutions concerned with sustainability and greening of the economy be successfully restructured?
A lot is expected of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will bring together UN member states in Rio de Janeiro at the end of June 2012.
The conference aims to push ahead with greening the world economy and to reform international institutions concerned with sustainability. However, what a green economy really means is still a subject of political controversy.
An oil rig off the coast of Rio de Janeiro
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Moreover, developing and emerging countries are in the negotiations proving very sceptical of the concept of a green economy because they fear competitive disadvantages. Many critics believe that, with regard to institutional reform, the sometimes alternative proposals in the zero draft of the outcome document are not really as far-reaching as they should be. At the same time the negotiations show how difficult it is to reach agreement on ambitious restructuring of institutions concerned with sustainability.
On 16 May 2012, the Federal Foreign Office will host Forum Global Issues, where, shortly before the start of the UN Conference, German and European options for action can be discussed with representatives of government, civil society, business and science.
The event will be held in the Europasaal at the Federal Foreign Office.
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Last updated 25.04.2012