15.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

"Brazil advocates inclusive green economy" - affirms Antônio Patriota, Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an exclusive interview to UN Brazil

During an interview with UN Radio in Portuguese on Wednesday - 13 June - the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Antonio Patriota, reported on the negotiations status of the document that shall be presented to the heads of state at Rio +20, in addition to detailing Brazil's example at the Conference on Sustainable Development of the UN.

"By the end of the Rio +20, we will have an ambitious document, pointing directions and establishing guidelines for the coming years. This conference has an innovative format, providing 10 round tables, which we call dialogues, involving representatives of civil society, private sector, academia, youth, women, representatives of a wide variety of interests, "said the Minister.

The challenge now is to develop the goals that must be seen through the prism of three pillars: economic, social and environmental. "They must be applied by all countries, without distinction of their level of development, and oriented by the well-being of all." The chapter on Green Economy is being simplified based on some fundamental understandings. "Brazil supports the idea of inclusive Green Economy, a paradigm of sustainable development that has a lot of emphasis on social development, as well as environmental and economic."

According to Patriota, the idea of eradicating poverty is highlighted in the opening paragraphs of the document. "Green Economy is no barrier, is an open concept, under construction, and that can be adapted to the level of development of each country. It's a refreshing idea with certain flexibility".

The Ambassador pointed out that Brazil already has some of the facets of sustainable development, such as "energy sources, renewable by almost 50%, the reduction of deforestation in the Amazon, and the adoption of voluntary targets in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 36% and 39%, in relation to the projection of 2020”.

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