This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Jonathan Pledges Sustainable Development As Earth Summit Ends

The United Nations Conference On Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Summit) ended yesterday in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil with President Goodluck Jonathan promising to actualise his sustainable development agenda for Nigeria.

Jonathan told the global gathering that under the country's medium to long term sustainable development plans, several sectoral initiatives have been developed, "particularly in agriculture, petroleum, solid minerals, power supply, renewable energy, trade and investment, water and sanitation, which accord priority to environmental and wider development issues."

He said the goal of his administration is simple: create more jobs and opportunities for our people to rise out of poverty, create wealth to ensure sustainable development.

Said Jonathan: "While we recognise that the developing countries have primary responsibility for implementing their own sustainable development agenda, there is no doubt that they need the support of the international community to achieve these objectives.

In effect, Rio+20 can only be seen to be successful if the thorny issue of the means of implementation is adequately addressed. We must bridge the yawning gaps undermining the fulfillment of international commitments on sustainable development, especially in areas of finance, external debt, trade and investment, capacity building and technology development."

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