No one-size-fits-all approach for countries green economies: UN deputy chief

08:34, June 03, 2011      

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Green economies must be tailored to national circumstances, and "business as usual is not sustainable," UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said in the United Nations Thursday.

"There is no one-size-fits-all approach," Migiro said addressing an informal thematic debate of the UN General Assembly on green economy, and noted that "within an agreed global framework, each government must determine how the green economy can work for its people -- and for the planet."

"For countries where poverty is rife, green economy measures must create abundant jobs and sustainable livelihoods. For countries that depend heavily on raw material exports, green economy measures must not displace vital economic sectors, but instead create dynamic new growth sectors," Migiro said.

In her speech, Migiro also noted that green economy measures should not become a barrier to developing country exports, or impose "green conditionality's" that limit trade opportunities.

"We all know that business as usual is not sustainable. We know that making the adjustments will not always be easy, and that there will be tradeoffs," she said.

She also urged to promote technology transfer and build technological capabilities in developing countries that need to be part of a green economy agreement, which will be taking place next year in Rio de Janeiro.

The deputy UN chief said she and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon are "strongly committed" to ensuring that the UN system will work as one to support preparations for Rio+20. "We are striving for a meaningful outcome, one which galvanizes political will towards our common goal: sustainable development for all."

Source: Xinhua
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