BUND goes beyond green economy for Rio+20
Berlin, 3rd November 2011. SAR member organisation BUND has set out a list of demands for the outcome of the Rio+20 conference next year, calling for a commitment to sustainability that goes beyond greening the economy. The group also picks up on marine concerns, highlighting sustainable fisheries, MPAs and marine litter.
The proposal by BUND – or otherwise known as Friends of the Earth Germany - is based on the Brundtland Commission’s definitions of Green Economy and Sustainable development. The paper highlights that a green economy is not supposed to replace the guiding principle of sustainable development and that a transition to a truly green and just economy requires an agreement on specific guiding principles and rules.
In their paper 'A Commitment to Sustainability beyond Green Economy', several demands are are made in relation to: agriculture and soil conservation, water, energy, biodiversity and ecosystems as well as green technologies.
On marine conservation, the paper defends the development of a system of environmental impact assessment for all types of intervention in international waters, the implementation of global sustainable fisheries, the effective reduction of marine litter and the development of a comprehensive international network of Marine Protected Areas in international waters.
On sustainable development, the paper proposes numerous suggestions to improve the international environmental and sustainability architecture, at a governmental level as well as from actors in civil society. BUND also call on governments to improve upon transparency, accountability, and liability in international agreements and propose setting targets for sustainable development in addition to the Millenium Development Goals.
Rio+20 will take place in Rio de Janeiro on 4-6 June 2012 and will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.
The BUND Rio+20 input document:
The Seas At Risk Rio+20 input document: