Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Nick Clegg: Leading The World @ Rio + 20

At the Rio+20 summit last week, we made real progress towards greening the global economy and ensuring that developing and developed countries can grow without damaging the environment.

We didn’t get agreement on everything we wanted as clearly and quickly as we would have liked but we have laid the foundations for ambitious agreements in the future.

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As Liberal Democrat Leader I was proud to be putting our long-held environmental beliefs into practice by leading the UK’s delegation and arguing for ambitious targets and agreement.

Although we didn't achieve everything I would have liked, I’m pleased to say we made concrete progress on all three of my key aims:
  • Establishing a process to agree Sustainable Development Goals to help countries grow their economies and protect the environment while keeping the needs of the poorest in mind
  • Agreeing the need for a better measure of growth that measures natural wealth and social wellbeing as well as money (GDP+)
  • And recognising that businesses have to be involved and should aim to report their greenhouse gas emissions as well as their accounts
If we can build on the Rio+20 agreements in the months and years ahead then this summit will have been a great success for the Liberal Democrats, the Coalition Government and the planet.

Best wishes,

Nick Clegg
Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister