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Exclusive interview: Rio+20 Secretary General on "Green Economy"

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No decisive document has yet been passed by the world heads of state at the Rio +20 meeting. The Secretary General of the conference Sha Zu-kang spoke to CCTV about his hopes for the conference and what exactly is holding things up. With 193 countries involved it seems the "Green Economy" concept is a long way from clear.

Sha Zu-kang, Secretary General of Rio+20, said, "There is still a lot of discussion going on where conceptually there is no clear definition of what a 'Green Economy' is. Green economy could mean different things to different countries but there is agreement I am encouraged to say that all member states agree that 'Green economy' is a tool and an instrument to realize the potential for sustainable development and when we talk about sustainable development we all know it consists of the three dimensions, number 1 economic development, number 2 social development, number 3 environmental protection".

The main idea of the Rio+20, according to Sha Zu-kang is to implement those ideas that were decided back at Rio 92. The problem they are facing is no one can come to agreement on how to implement them - particularly in developing countries who are worried about cost.

Sha Zu-kang, Secretary General of Rio+20, said, "One of the biggest problems we are having now and one that is stopping negotiations is means of implementation, for developing countries to go green if course there is a cost due to technology and financing. This is one of the major concerns in the conference".

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

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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