Thursday, September 8, 2011

64th UN DPI/NGO Conference on green economy

By IISD reporting services

Delegates to the 64th Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference sent a message for civil society to “connect the dots” between local concerns and global issues. The Conference, which convened from 3-5 September 2011, in Bonn, Germany, was organized around the theme “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens.”

A key outcome of the conference was the declaration, which will be forwarded to the organizers of Rio+20 for consideration.On the theme of green economy, the declaration, inter alia, calls on governments to: phase out fossil fuel subsidies, set up environmentally and socially friendly fiscal incentives, and operationalize wide-ranging innovative sources of finance, like the proposed Financial Transaction Tax; and implement a just transition to sustainable economies as fast as possible through an unprecedented level of cooperation and policy coherence at the local, state, national and international levels, by sharing green technologies and know-how, restructuring regulatory, taxation and expenditure policies, and establishing democratic oversight of economic policy decision making.


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