The world needs green growth
6 Jun 2012
Paul van Seters, Professor of Globalisation and Sustainable Development at TiasNimbas Business School, writes with former prime minister Lubbers in Dutch daily de Volkskrant about the need for green growth. "Growth is essential to overcome the economic malaise. It is of great importance that economies become sustainable”, say Prof. van Seters and Lubbers.
During the European Football Championships this month, two meetings will take place on the other side of the world that will probably receive less attention, but are of much greater importance for the wellbeing of the world. On 18 and 19 June the G20 meets in Los Cabos, Mexico and on 20-22 June 'Rio+20', the Sustainability Conference of the United Nations, takes place in Rio de Janeiro. Although both have different agendas, Mexico and Brazil have the similar focus, being that the global need for "green growth" has the highest priority. Europe suffers from the problems of the credit crisis and therefore needs stability and green growth; green growth that focuses on the transition to a sustainable economy.
Professor van Seters concludes: "The past twenty years the core of our efforts for sustainable development and green growth shifted from the public sector to the private and social sector. To realise the idea and ideal of achieving a sustainable world, these two non-governmental sectors have been influencing governments increasingly. This also shows the current importance and urgency of the G20 and Rio+20."
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