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Rio+20 (June 21, 2012)

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will end tomorrow, June 22. More than 50,000 participants from 190 countries gathered around the numerous heads of state and government present.

France was represented at the conference by President Hollande, accompanied by the minister of foreign affairs, the minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy and the minister delegate for development and the minister delegate for the social and mutually-supportive economy.

As President Hollande indicated, this summit was a milestone for sustainable development and allowed us to set benchmarks in many areas:

-  the launch of a process to set universal sustainable development objectives,

-  the implementation of new financing mechanisms and the recognition of the key role of innovative financing with respect to implementing sustainable development,

-  the strengthening of the authority and status of the United Nations Environment Program,

-  greater emphasis on marine conservation,

-  recognition of a green and equitable economy,

-  the threat to biodiversity, environmental inequalities, and the fight against poverty.

This summit was also marked by a strong commitment on the part of civil society, contributing to the collective momentum.

The process initiated in Rio must continue and make progress in many other areas, such as the mobilization of resources. France, as reaffirmed by President Hollande, signaled its attachment to innovative financing mechanisms and in particular a tax on financial transactions; a portion of the revenue from this tax would be used to promote the development and help preserve the environment of emerging countries.


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