Swedish conference calls for action at U.N. Rio meet

Source: http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120426p2g00m0in018000c.html

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A conference of international experts and environment ministers in the Swedish capital on Wednesday urged world leaders gathering later this year in Brazil to discuss world’s sustainable development to “stop talking and start acting.”

The 12-point “Stockholm Call for Action” plan was presented to a top representative of the U.N. at the end of a three-day conference on sustainable development.

The meeting is the last informal ministerial gathering before the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio in June.

The meeting in Stockholm, which was attended by delegates from dozens of countries and organizations, including China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and the U.N. Under Secretary-General Sha Zukang, laid out 12 recommendations for the Rio conference, including a call to honor commitments made previously.

“Now it is time to stop talking and start acting. Clear actions and targets are necessary,” the joint statement said.

They also called for the introduction of a set of goals for sustainable development, making it easier to keep a tab on what needs to be done by which countries.

Zukang will lead the Rio de Janeiro meeting, which is a follow-up to the landmark 1992 Earth Summit that galvanized the global environmental movement.

Wen, who combined the meeting with a bilateral visit to the Nordic nation, spoke earlier in the day, saying that although China, as the largest developing country in the world and currently in a process of rapid industrialization, it is committed to sustainable development as part of its traditional values.

“China takes resources conservation and environmental protection as a state policy,” he said, adding that “China will never seek economic growth at the expense of the environment or the health of its people.”

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