07.11.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

UNESCO-IHP participates in the International UN-Water Conference - Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20

In her statement on the occasion of the International UN-Water Conference 'Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20' (Zaragoza, Spain, 3-5 October 2011) Gretchen Kalonji, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, explains why our common efforts should lead to building green societies. 'Green societies cannot come into being without a real paradigm-shift in the way the food-energy-water nexus is addressed' added Ms Kalonji, 'The ultimate goal of green economies is to make a real change in the sustainability of our economic base and pave the way to reduce poverty.' UNESCO-IHP and UNESCO-IHE actively contributed to the conference and its worldwide promotion. UNESCO-IHP was represented in the final wrap-up session and conveyed on spot the Organization's message: green economies must be part of green societies, constructed on the basis of knowledge, education and ethical principles.

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