Saturday, January 29, 2011

Spark innovation. Lead by action: UN Secretary General to the World Economic Forum (Davos)

The UN Secretary General has called on for a speedy return to sustainable development at the World Economic Forum - a meeting of the 'mighty and the powerful'. Calling sustainable development the growth agenda for the 21st century, Mr. Ban recited a litany of development errors based on a false belief in the infinite abundance of natural resources that fueled the economy in the last century.

He told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in a session devoted to redefining sustainable development that, “We are running out of time. Time to tackle climate change. Time to ensure sustainable, climate-resilient green growth. Time to generate a clean energy revolution.”

He emphasized that to secure sustainable development, we have to be prepared to make major changes – in our lifestyles, our economic models, our social organization, and our political life. We have to connect the dots between climate change and what I might call here, WEF – water, energy and food.” WEF is also the acronym for the Davos World Economic Forum.

“We need you to step up. Spark innovation. Lead by action. Invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy for those who need them most – your future customers. Expand clean energy access in developing countries – your markets of tomorrow.”


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