(RTCC article) The Rio+20 (UN Conference on Sustainable Development) is now less than a month away. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives recommendations for the “painfully slow” negotiations in Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference:
Ban Ki-moon talks starting from 24:12
- Inspire new thinking: “the old economic model is breaking down” said Ban. He called for businesses to put an emphasis on a “triple bottom line” that includes social environment and economic instead of just profit.
- Make Rio about people: Ban said he hoped for a summit that “offers concrete hope for real improvements in daily lives”. He also called for a greater voice for women and young people adding that “women should be empowered as engines of economic dynamism and social development”
- Issue a “waste not” call to action: “Mother Earth has been kind to us. Let humanity reciprocate by respecting her natural boundaries,” said Ban as he called for better protection of our air, water and forests and the improvement of the quality of life in our cities.