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EU Welcomes Green Economy discussion for Rio+20

Sweden speaking for the Euroepan Union and the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Montenegro and Serbia as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia align themselves with this statement Mr. Jakob Ström, Counsellor with the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN said to the UN General Assembly

"With appreciation for the G77 proposal, the EU values a High-level Event on Sustainable Development in 2012 as an opportunity to make further progress on the mainstreaming of sustainability policies that foster green economy and reduce poverty. For an event to be meaningful there has to be broad agreement in this Assembly on how it can complement already ongoing processes in the field of sustainable development and be planned so as not to divert resources from or negatively affect them. The EU looks forward to engage actively in the forthcoming discussions on developing the content and agenda of the HLESD. We are very much encouraged by the quality of the debate held in this Committee last week on green growth."

It is vital to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This is the essence of sustainable development, from health and education for individuals to trade or biosafety regimes at the global level. The EU believes that promoting and integrating economic, social and environmental strategies is a core UN system function. We have 40 years of multilateral effort and experience to build on since Sweden proposed the first UN conference on the human environment. A new era could now be in the making, ushering an ecoefficient economy and an equitable development model.

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