RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, Canada's
Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, delivered Canada's
country statement on the final day of the Rio+20 United Nations
Conference on sustainable development.
"Canada is pleased with the positive outcome at Rio+20, and we are ready
to do our part," said Minister Kent. "The result is clear; there is 'no one size fits
all' solution to enhancing global sustainability and we will only
achieve our collective goals through collaboration."
The Conference was successful in renewing global support for sustainable
development, one of Canada's main goals heading into Rio+20. This
includes the recognition of green economy as a tool for achieving
sustainable development and the strengthening of the United Nations
Environment Program. But it also highlighted the importance for all
members of society to work together to achieve sustainable development,
the key role of partnerships, and of international cooperation.
Canada played a central role in the run-up to, and throughout, the
Rio+20 Conference including being elected as one of the Conference's
Vice-Presidents when the Conference began on June 20. In addition,
Canada was one of the 10 countries elected to serve on the Rio+20
Conference Bureau, which oversaw preparations for the Conference. The
Canadian delegation also facilitated three of eleven formal negotiating
groups, including the group on the green economy, one of the two major
themes of the Conference.
During negotiations, Canada was pleased to have supported the launch of
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of the main outcomes of the
Canada shared a number of policy tools and best practices, which include
the Chemicals Management Plan, our Strategic Environmental Assessment
process, the Green Mining Initiative, development of greenhouse gas
regulations, augmenting oil sands monitoring, and the establishment of
the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.
Canada's approach to responsible resource development will play an
important role in achieving a sustainable future for Canadians.
SOURCE Environment Canada
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