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Why Western leaders ‘shun’ Rio+20 (2)

(People's Daily Online)

16:38, June 19, 2012

Third, many Western countries, especially the E.U. member states, are mired in fiscal and budget crises, so their leaders have chosen to “shun” the conference.

Sustainable development requires redefinition of costs, including short-term and long-term economic and social costs. Taking a new path of industrialization and building a green economy is an inevitable choice for developing countries which seek both sustainable development and modernization. Therefore, developing countries have shown great enthusiasm for the “Rio+20” conference. China will send a larger and higher-level delegation to the conference, and the side event held by the Chinese delegation centered on the theme of technological innovation and sustainable development is expected to be the most popular and influential activity at “Rio+20.”

India said in the run up to the conference that in the next few years, it will cut its carbon emission by 20 percent to 25 percent, increase fuel efficiency standards, improve the efficiency of power generation and the use of energy, including renewable energy, and make great efforts to promote inclusive and green development. African countries and least developed countries (LDCs) have also shown great interest in the “Rio+20” conference. By attending the conference, LDCs hope the rest of the world will hear their call for sustainable development, and that developed countries will fulfill their environmental obligations.

Source: Jiefang Daily

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