UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro: statement by Janez Potočnik (15/06/2012)
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 15/06/2012 First transmission: 16/06/2012
On 15 June 2012, Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, participated in a United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development at Rio+20.
Janez Potočnik is the EU lead negotiator for the Conference. He was in Rio from 15-23 June 2012. Besides leading the negotiations from the EU's side, he had bilateral meetings and attended a large number of side events on a wide range of topics with stakeholders, youth, business, academia and global leaders.
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||General view of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development entrance
||Exterior view of one of the pavillons where the conferences are taking place
||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, (in ENGLISH): I'm expecting that, when I will take off from Rio, the agreement we will reach here, will be concrete enough, and irreversible enough that everybody will believe us that we have globally committed to change our production and consumption patterns. So that, we will change the way how we are producing in a more sustainable direction. I think that is the most important message that we should all commit ourselves to.
||General view of the entrance hall
||Participants arriving at the conference
||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): We would also be happy, at this stage, negotiations would be more advanced that there are. But we have to understand that the substance that we are discussing is very complex. If we talk about green economy in the context of poverty, education, basically we talk about the change of production and consumption mode. This is virtually including everything. So, we hope that during the last days, also now, when this will go to the hands of the Brazilians hosts, that the things will get new additional energy into the whole process, and that finally we will agree on the things which we all basically believed that we should.
||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): I think that a lot of positive energy, a lot of good will, a lot of hope was basically put from many to this. We should not disappoint ourselves.
||Participants arriving in the entrance hall for the first conferences