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Social injustice, environmental risks need to be tackled together: UN chief

03-23-2012 10:15 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Social justice and environmental protection are equally urgent and intrinsically linked goals, with coordinated global action needed on both fronts at an upcoming United Nations sustainable development conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a forum in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday.

"The world stands at a crossroads," Ban said in a message to the first Global Human Development Forum convened by the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of Turkey, UN officials said here.

"We need everyone -- government ministers and policy makers business and civil society leaders, and young people -- to work together to transform our economies, to place our societies on a more just and equitable footing, and to protect the resources and ecosystems on which our shared future depends," he said.

Ban's message was delivered on his behalf by UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan.

The forum was organized to examine the critical social, economic and environmental challenges facing the world today, including better approaches to assessing national and global progress. It takes place ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, which is slated to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June.

More than 100 Heads of State will be attending the conference, making it one of the largest high-level gatherings in recent years.

"Sustainable development recognizes that our economic, social and environmental objectives are not competing goals that must be traded off against each other, but are interconnected objectives that are most effectively pursued together in a holistic manner," Ban noted. "We need an outcome from Rio+20 that reflect this understanding and that relates to the concerns of all."

The forum also provides an opportunity for a fresh look at the critical social, economic and environmental challenges now facing the world community.

"This forum is particularly timely and important," said Grynspan in her own remarks. "It provides a unique opportunity to debate the messages we want to take to Brazil, reflecting on what we have learned since the Stockholm Conference in 1972 and the Earth Summit in 1992."

"We must recognize that high-carbon, unequal growth will undermine itself by breeding social unrest and violence, and by destroying natural habitats critical for livelihoods," she added. "We need a new paradigm of growth and a new approach to the political economy of sustainable development."

The two-day meeting is expected to conclude on Friday with the adoption of an "Istanbul Declaration," articulating agreed goals and priorities for the Rio+20 conference.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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