13 June 2012

Namibia: Nandi-Ndaitwah Departs for Rio+20

Windhoek — The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, left for Brazil, Rio de Janeiro on Monday to attend the Rio+20 Summit on sustainable development.

Rio+20 - the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - is an opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all.

The conference was organised in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236), and will take place in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro from June 20 to 22 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.

According to the programme of the conference that is published on its official website, the Third Preparatory Committee Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development will take place from today, Wednesday, to Friday this week; the Sustainable Development Dialogues from June 16 to 19; and the Rio+20 Partnership Forum from June 20 to 22, 2012.

During a media conference here last Thursday, Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibia expects a focused political document from the conference, providing a roadmap on how to achieve a green economy and a new institutional framework for sustainable development.

She said critical issues to be discussed during the event include jobs, energy, sustainable cities, water, agriculture and food security as well as oceans and disasters.

"Namibia has been involved closely in the negotiation process at regional and international level.

"Namibia has also been closely involved in the development of the position of the Group of 77 and China, which is expressed in a submission document, expressing its concerns and key messages for the outcome document from the Rio+20 Conference", said Nandi-Ndaitwah.

At national level, the environment ministry has coordinated a national report to the United Nations' Commission on Sustainable Development , outlining Namibia's achievements, challenges and future prospects in terms of sustainable development.

The ministry has also prepared a variety of awareness materials for dissemination at the conference, including banners, brochures and a film documentary on sustainable development.

A side event on 'Managing Natural Resources in the Green Economy and Sustainable Development Context in Namibia', will also be held at the summit on June 21.

The conference will focus on two themes: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba and other world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and other groups will come together to plan how to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever-more crowded planet to get to a desirable future.


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