UNEP Joins Campaign to Promote Sustainable Development for World's 7B People

    The U.N. Environment Project has joined a global campaign that aims to solicit ideas and commitments to action toward creating a fair and sustainable global society as the world population nears its 7 billion mark.

    The 7 Billion Actions campaign, which is coordinated by the U.N. Population Fund, was launched to promote global cooperation on health, poverty and inequality, urbanization and environmental sustainability, among other issues.

    “Investing in ‘green economy’ solutions — such as renewable energy, green technology or eco-tourism, for example — can boost employment, improve livelihoods and make more sustainable use of the planet’s finite resources,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said.

    He adds: “UNEP is delighted to join 7 Billion Actions, which showcases the need for coordinated action by all levels of society, just nine months ahead of the Rio+20 conference, where governments will meet to renew their commitments to meeting precisely these kinds of challenges.”

    The campaign invites individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to submit ideas and make action pledges through an interactive website. Participants of the campaign can then use an online tool or their mobile phones to submit photos highlighting the development issues that they value the most.

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