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This brochure was prepared by EESC for the COP21. The EESC wanted COP21 to be a major milestone to place the international community on the right track to limit global warming to a below 2°C compared to preindustrial levels, while developing appropriate tools to face the adverse effects of climate disruptions.


The EESC has received EMAS certification for the fourth year in succession. EMAS certification - Environmental Management and Audit Scheme - assesses the environmental impact of the EESC's buildings and members of staff.

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Position paper

"The international climate change negotiations should be a forum in which countries encourage each other forwards, not hold each other back." Lutz Ribbe, President, EESC Sustainable Development Observatory

Think Green! The Opportunities of Sustainable Development and of the Green Economy

Conference organised by the Various Interests Group of the EESC, Brussels


Speech by Juca JAHIER

Discorso di Luca JAHIER


The European Economic and Social Committee is following up on its engagement to "bring Rio home". On 18 December the EESC organised together with the European Commission a public hearing in order to enhance the impact of the Commission's ongoing consultation on the EU follow-up to Rio+20 by giving civil society representatives the opportunity to discuss statements related to the questions raised in the consultation.

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Based on an intensive civil society dialogue the EESC contributed to establishing the EU's position on Rio+20. In February 2012, the major EESC conference Go sustainable, be responsible! European civil society on the road to Rio+20, sent out a list of messages to take on board at Rio+20 and called on our political leaders to step up their efforts to arrive to an ambitious outcome at the UN conference.

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In our view the Rio+20 Conference has to result in viable political commitments that place sustainable development at the centre of global policy making. Civil society plays a vital role in pushing for and living up to such political commitments by enabling participation from the ground up and securing ownership.