EU Rural Reviews
Time for Action
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development – popularly referred to as Rio+20 – was held on 20-22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The agenda focused on transition to green economy with an emphasis on poverty reduction, access to efficient and renewable energy for all, protection of our water resources and eco systems as well as food security.
The conference also looked at strengthening international cooperation for sustainable development, and at how rich countries can support developing countries in achieving a sustainable development path.
- 900 million people do not have access to clean water and 3 billion do not have access to modern sanitation.
- Every fifth person in the world is poor and lives on less than 1,25 USD a day.
- 1.4 billion people do not have access to modern energy services.
- The world's riches 1% owns 43% of the world's total wealth, while the poorest 50% owns less than 2%.
Examples promoting "green economy" that UNDP will showcase at the Rio+20 conference:
CROATIA: Measured against GDP, Croatia's energy consumption is 12% higher than the EU average. Consequently, Croatia decided to review the energy efficiency of all public buildings. So far, half of all public buildings have been assessed, which in just three years have resulted in savings of up to 18 mil. USD and a reduction in CO2 by 63,000 tons annually. At the same time, the investments in energy efficiency have created hundreds of new jobs in the private sector.
For full story, read Croatia: Energy-Efficiency Programme Generates Huge Savings