National consultation proposes recommendations for global summit

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A two-day national consultation on green economy has proposed a set of recommendations to the government ahead of the United Nations global summit on sustainable development (Rio+20) conference, in Brazil next month, said a press release here on Saturday.
The consultation, jointly organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), One UN Joint Programme on Environment, Ministry of Climate Change, Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS), Lead Pakistan and Action Aid Pakistan, brought together all the stakeholders and gave them an opportunity to review measures taken by the government so far and identify areas of concern that need to be dealt with through policy and legislative interventions.
The consultation also sought to develop a consensus on broad guidelines for the official Pakistani delegation to Rio+20 to ensure that Pakistan participates in the summit as a responsible member of the world community.
The UN’s summit is the largest platform on sustainable development that will bring together more than 130 heads of state and government.
The national consultation led to fruitful exchange of views and the delegates produced two sets of recommendations, one for national decision makers and the other for the international community.
The resolution is the outcome of draft recommendations carefully reviewed and provisionally approved during the consultation. The final resolution incorporates the suggestions of all stakeholders.
The resolution in its national-level recommendations, urges that green economy should bind together the three pillars of sustainable development, social equity, economic prosperity, and environmental conservation. It also urges the industrial and business community to agree on a coherent agenda on sustainability challenges and initiate the process for drafting a plan of action on green economy in Pakistan. The resolution asks the federal and provincial governments to support sustainable development and green economy through a strategic approach, including implementation of National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS), effective system of devolution and the establishment of a national fund on climate change and green development.
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