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Adopted on 22/09/2011
Reference: 
NAT/499-EESC-2011-1386
Plenary session: 
474 -
Sep 21, 2011 Sep 22, 2011

The Rio 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development must send out a clear signal to the world community, with specific proposals for the transition to an economic order based on qualitative economic growth that helps to eliminate poverty and social injustice whilst preserving natural resources for future generations.

The EESC is convinced that ensuring access to resources, food and energy should be amongst the priorities of the global sustainability agenda.

Policy measures and clear indicators must be established to measure progress on the road to greater sustainability.

EESC Opinion: Contribution of European organised civil society to UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio (Rio+20)

27/04/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

The European Economic and Social Committee is very keen to engage with youth on sustainable development as we are preparing to give input and participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development that will take place in 20-22 June in Rio de Janeiro. This Conference is a crucial opportunity to send a clear message for a global change towards a green and sustainable economy and poverty eradication.

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Staffan Nilsson`s welcome speech at "Your Europe Your Say"

11/07/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

The EESC has been very actively involved in the run-up to Rio, enabling civil society dialogue in preparation of the Conference and at the Conference.
We were committed to contributing to the EU's position and to mobilising EU civil society in order to push EU and world leaders towards an ambitious outcome.

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President's speech at the EESC Plenary debate: "Bringing Rio home"

02/05/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

Promoting a green economy must be part of an overarching sustainable development strategy, striking a balance between social, ecological and economic aspects while achieving distributional and inter-generational equity.
We do not need more recommendations, but a green economy roadmap which political leaders need to commit to, with clear goals and monitoring mechanisms, ensuring an economically efficient, socially just and environmentally sound transition to sustainable societies. The transition process must be based on continuous engagement with civil society, including social dialogue.

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Staffan Nilsson keynote speech at the "Think Green!..." event

13/07/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 

The EESC has been very actively involved in the run-up to Rio, enhancing civil society dialogue in preparation of the Conference and at the Conference. We were committed to contributing to the EU's position and to mobilising EU civil society in order to push EU and world leaders towards an ambitious outcome. Now, coming back from Rio we wanted to bring Rio home, share the assessment of the EESC Rio delegation with all EESC members and start dialogue with wider European civil society and the European Commission on the Rio follow-up.

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President's speech at the EPC Policy Dialogue "Road from Rio: state actors as drivers of sustainable development?"

02/05/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

[en anglais uniquement]
The moment for this conference is very well chosen. Only some days ago negotiators from all over the world gathered again at United Nations headquarters in New York for so-called informal contacts trying to prepare agreements that enable the world community to shape the future we want.

Because we have to be aware that they are negotiating on our behalf and on behalf of our grand-children about the future we all want to have on our planet. Therefore they need to get our messages about what it is what we actually want and that we care and don't let them go home without a result!

With the ever more evident effects of the combined economic, financial, social and environmental crises, people are realizing that existing economic models and patterns do not work any more. That we not only have to talk sustainable development but that we have to act on our words.

09/10/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

The EESC has been very actively involved in the run-up to Rio, enhancing civil society dialogue in preparation of the Conference and at the Conference.
We were committed to contributing to the EU's position and to mobilising EU civil society in order to push EU and world leaders towards an ambitious outcome.
We know now that the outcome text has not been as ambitious as we Europeans would have wished it to be. Now we have to work to make the agreement a success by advancing further on the processes that were launched and by implementing at least here in Europe the proposals that we have put forward in New York and in Rio de Janeiro.

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Staffan Nilsson`s speech at the Rio+20 Follow up working session

03/05/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

We have in place for many years now the EU-China Round Table. Within this framework (which was started10 years ago, and was supported in the EU-China summit 2004), the EESC meets regularly with the Chinese Economic and Social Council. Just a few weeks ago we had our EU –China Round Table in Hangzhou. Our declaration adopted by the end of our discussions in April focused on sustainable urban development. Our two rapporteurs, Evelyne Pichenot on the European side, and Professor Zou Ji on the Chinese side, have done a huge work together.

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EU- China Urbanisation Partnership: Staffan Nilsson's Intervention at the Opening Session

18/12/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 

"...
The hearing this afternoon is focussed on the topics "inclusive green economy" and "sustainable development goals" because these were the two topics that the stakeholders stressed most when we had our Rio de-briefing session in early July. ..."

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Speech : European civil society contribution to the Commission's consultation

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