PHL in RIO + 20

Summary of Philippines Rio+20 Report

PH reaffirms role in next UN sustainable dev’t summit

The Philippines, through the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development, places itself as an advocate for well-rounded, lasting human growth at the upcoming Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development of the United Nations (UN).

At this milestone event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, the country is positioned to highlight the key areas toward the overarching goal of human development, namely a healthy economy, good governance, and harmonious social and ecological conditions.

These main points serve as the country’s inputs for the document to be drafted by different nations and organizations at the international gathering. The document will serve as an agenda—the guidepost for the world’s efforts toward sustainable progress in the following decades.

The inputs of the Philippines, a forerunner of sustainable development in Asia, are aligned with the themes of this year’s Rio+20: 1) How to build a “green economy” especially in lifting people from poverty, and 2) How to improve international coordination for sustainable development.

Toward a ‘green economy’

The move from present conditions to the aspired green economy requires the global forum to take on the challenges of developing cleaner technologies, fostering knowledge-sharing among nations, attracting green investments, avoiding self-serving trade measures, providing and improving jobs and livelihood, and promoting peace and security.

In doing so, countries should also respect heritage or the diversity of cultures as part of green economy.

For many of these concerns to be addressed, developed nations should offer their technological expertise to developing countries with the goal of reducing poverty.

On the local level, the country recognizes that the shift toward a green economy calls for greater action to implement agricultural, environmental, infrastructure, technological and industrial policies and goals.

Notes from experience

Committed to the global sustainability task, the country has also identified valuable insights from its own experience in pushing for sustained growth since the historic 1992 Conference on Environment and Development, more popularly known as the Earth Summit.

The following is the Philippines’ recommended three-part backbone for the global agenda:

Setting out from the local level. As if following the adage “from little things, big things grow,” the country has seen a great potential in starting with and supporting communities and localities that make up a sustainable nation.

Strengthening the organization. In support of the “localization,” the processes and efforts of the global community toward sustainability must be improved, coordinated and synchronized in support of the developing world.

Keeping track of one another. A time frame and clear targets, as well as mechanisms to monitor and evaluate global activities have to be set up. This is to ensure that all are moving toward a common goal.

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