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World leaders tackle green development at Rio+20 conference

06-21-2012 09:45 BJT Special Report:Wen Attends Rio+20 Summit, Visits Latin America Nations |

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It's the largest UN conference ever to take place in Brazil- the Rio+20 is kicking off on Wednesday. More than 100 heads of state are expected to attend the conference, with sustainable development at the top of the agenda.

Security has already been stepped up at the Rio +20 site in Rio de Janeiro as people await the World’s dignitaries arrival tomorrow to begin to debate what promises to be a more affirmative stance on Sustainable Development.

The day began with members of the Brazilian government in a jubilant mode after they finally got delegates to agree to the negotiation document by the deadlline they had promised.

Sha Zu-kang, Secretary General of Rio+20.

Antonio Patriota, Brazilian Minister of External Relations, says, "For me its a personally satisfying to see a constructive spirit in which the different participants demonstrated flexibility and a desire to colectively assume responsibility in this negotiations process. I consider that the spirit of Rio is alive again 20 years later."

Disagreements abound, the Chinese secretary general of the conference Sha Zukang, told me that one of the main difficulties is getting developed and developing countries, with different economic setups to agree to the same proposals.

Sha says, "You know all of us have to change out mindset to switch to a green economy at the same time to go through to a green economy there is some extra costs which are technology dissemination, transfer, financing you know and capacity building."

In a matter of hours it will be difficult to get close to this building as security will tighten as some of the most important heads of State will arrive here at Rio+20 to begin to debate which promises to produce a definitive world Sustainable Development plan.

Mr Sha Zukang has made it clear to delegates and participants, despite our difference we all have a common goal.

He says, "with globalisation we are in the same boat, climate change doesn't have a border, pollution doesn't have a border, social diversity has no border, oceans have no border We are common, we are together, this is the only choice."

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CNTV.CN

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