Ethiopian Civil Society Network (ECSN) on Climate Change came up with a position paper that identifies 15 points that needs to be considered at the United Nation Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
dubbed as Rio + 20 and scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this coming June. None of the 15 points are as contentious as to the need to have a standardized definition of the phrase; green economy.
“Is the concept of green economy a hidden agenda forwarded to slowdown Africa’s ambition for development? There is a buzz word before every word related to development issues; green economy, green jobs, etc. What is really meant by green,” inquired the participant of the ‘Rio + 20 and Beyond: Ethiopian Civil Society Coalition’ workshop held at the Addis Ababa University College of Natural Science, Arat Kilo Campus, last Tuesday.
The partakers of the workshop argued that human being should be the center of concern for sustainable development. Besides, they called for a focus on intergovernmental processes and country efforts toward eradicating poverty, creating an equitable society as well as sustainable management of natural resources.
UNCSD is aimed at renewing the political commitment of the leaders of the world for sustainable development.
The issue of environment has consumed exactly four decades since it reached the United Nations. To the surprise of many, the international body has not yet produced a binding document in relation to the environment. The latest attempt by UNCSD is the recommendations of the Secretary General’s high panel. The high level panel of the United Nations Secretary General on global sustainability says a future worth choosing should be based on the true cost of development to people and the environment in their 56 point recommendation submitted to Ban Ki-moon, at the United Nations Conference Center here in Addis Ababa, last February. The report entitled ‘Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future worth Choosing’ has 56 recommendations under three categories; empowering people to make sustainable choices, sustainable economies and strengthening institutional governance.