Switzerland to push for ‘green economy roadmap’ in Rio+20

    A sign advocating green economy. The Swiss Federal Council proposed drafting a roadmap that outlines concrete goals and measures for a green economy that supports sustainable development. Photo by: Lily Rothrock / CC BY

    Switzerland has identified the key issues it wants to see in the draft resolution that world leaders will discuss at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil in June.

    The Swiss Federal Council, in a mandate it approved March 9, proposed drafting a roadmap that outlines concrete goals and measures for a green economy that supports sustainable development. The mandate will guide preparations of the Swiss delegation that will attend pre-Rio+20 negotiations in New York, USA, starting March 19.

    Among the concrete goals identified in the mandate are the development of national action plans with specific timelines, the promotion of sustainable public procurement, and improvement of market and trade transparency.

    The Federal Council also highlighted the need to reform the U.N. Environment Program and the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, as proposed in the “zero draft” for Rio+20. Switzerland also supports better integration of civil society organizations in sustainable development talks and the establishment of a Global Sustainability Council under the U.N. General Assembly, the council added.

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