The St Martins-in-the-Fields Seminar on the Rio+20 Agenda
HC 75, First Report of Session 2012-13 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes
- House of Commons - Environmental Audit Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) has described the Rio+20 Conference as one of the most important conferences in the history of the UN. 'The St Martins-in-the-Fields Seminar on the Rio+20 Agenda (HC 75)' reports on the recent public debate surrounding the Summit.
The Prime Minister did not attend, sending a powerful signal that the UK Government does not see sustainability as a priority. Public attention is understandably focused on the financial crisis, but we risk sleep walking into an even worse environmental crisis if world leaders cannot find a greener and cleaner way of developing our economies in future.
It is down to us to find green solutions and to insist that our governments do so too. The Committee have produced a previous report on the Rio+20 agenda (see below), and since then there has been a debate in the House of Commons on that report and the Government's response to it.
The Committee intends to examine the outcomes of the Rio+20 Summit, and the action the UK will need to take later in the year. Key issues to be examined will include the extent to which the Government shows leadership at the Summit on the green economy agenda.
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