Friday, June 22, 2012

Equatorial Guinea Participates On United Nations Conference On Sustainable Development Rio+20

West African Nation Joins Conversation on Pathway to Safer, Equitable and Cleaner Environment

The President of Equatorial Guinea led a delegation to join world leaders, other governments, nongovernmental agencies, international institutions, private-sector organizations and other groups June 20-22, in Rio de Janeiro, for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

"This conference is the second opportunity to give a boost to sustainable development," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

World leaders participating in Rio+20 came together to analyze how they can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on a crowded planet to get to the future we want. The conference centered around two themes, a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

“Equatorial Guinea shares the Rio+20 objectives to support green economy and strengthen the multilateral organizations dedicated to sustainable development,” said President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. “Promoting jobs and using resources in a sustainable way will help our country move closer to a sustainable and emergent economy as it is part of our Horizon 2020 development plan.”

Equatorial Guinea has heavily invested in sustainable development. It is part of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) project titled A Regional Focus on Sustainable Timber Management in the Congo Basin’, an initiative backed by international development organizations, national NGOs, and government officials. By participating in these types of projects, Equatorial Guinea is improving the welfare of local communities and forest conservation, while protecting its people’s interests in terms of commercial activities.