Rio+20: $513 billion pledged to sustainable development

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Share 16 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet NewsRegional Rio+20: $513 billion pledged to sustainable development by: – June 23, 2012 Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. UN Photo/Maria Elisa FrancoRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), some $513 billion in funding has been committed by governments, the private sector, civil society and other groups to achieve a sustainable future.“From the very beginning we have said that Rio+20 is about implementation and concrete action,” said Rio+20’s Secretary-General, Sha Zukang, at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday. “The commitments that we share with you today demonstrate that governments, the UN systems, and the nine major groups are committed and serious about implementation.”Of the funds committed, $323 billion will be devoted to achieving universal access to sustainable energy by 2030.A wide range of actions have also been pledged during Rio+20. These include planting 100 million trees, empowering 5,000 women entrepreneurs in green economy businesses in Africa, and recycling 800,000 tons of polyvinyl chloride (commonly known as PVC) – one of the most widely used plastics – per year.Some 40,000 people – including heads of state and government, representatives from non-governmental organizations and the private sector – have been in Rio de Janeiro for the past three days, attending Rio+20, and seeking to help shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.A key element on the conference has been its outcome document, entitled “The Future We Want” and agreed on by member states.“I’m very grateful and encouraged by world leaders for their strong political commitments to agree to a solid outcome document which puts all of us towards a greater sustainable path,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an interview.The outcome document calls for a wide range of actions, such as beginning the process to establish sustainable development goals; detailing how the green economy can be used as a tool to achieve sustainable development; strengthening the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); promoting corporate sustainability reporting measures; taking steps to go beyond gross domestic product to assess the well-being of a country; developing a strategy for sustainable development financing; and, adopting a framework for tackling sustainable consumption and production.The document also focuses on improving gender equity; recognizing the importance of voluntary commitments on sustainable development; and stressing the need to engage civil society and incorporate science into policy; among other points.Over 50 million people from all over the world have taken part in Rio+20 through social media platforms, voicing their comments, opinions and ideas, making the platforms a key component in establishing a global conversation on sustainability issues both in the lead-up to and during the conference.“Rio+20 has been a great success,” Sha said. “It had a huge participation, but participation without success means nothing, but we succeeded in concluding negotiations and agreeing to establish not only sustainable development goals but also a high-level forum to monitor the implementation of all commitments.” Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Greyhound racing in Thurles tonight

first_imgThe card sees the first round heats of the Champion Bitch Stake. It’ll also see the semi-finals of the Glenpadden A4/A5 525 yds stake, all as part of a 10 race card on the night.Racing will also be available to view from Curraheen Park and Shelbourne Park where the Easter Cup first rounds are the featured event.last_img

MLB cancels 2020 All-Star Game; Dodgers will host in 2022

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year’s All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement released Friday. “I want to thank the Dodgers organization and the city of Los Angeles for being collaborative partners in the early stages of All-Star preparation and for being patient and understanding in navigating the uncertainty created by the pandemic.  The 2022 All-Star celebration promises to be a memorable one with events throughout the city and at picturesque Dodger Stadium.”The Dodgers invested $100 million in a renovation of 58-year-old Dodger Stadium, partly in anticipation of hosting the All-Star Game for the first time since 1980. With MLB planning to play a 60-game regular season this year amid the coronavirus pandemic with no fans allowed to attend, canceling the All-Star Game became inevitable.“COVID-19 has forced us to make a lot of tough calls and sacrifices — and while it may have disrupted our plans for this year, we can’t wait to welcome baseball’s best to Los Angeles for the 2022 All-Star Game,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “The Dodgers have always brought Angelenos together and baseball has helped America heal time and again. I look forward to welcoming fans from all over the world to our city and Dodger Stadium for this Midsummer Classic.”For anyone who purchased tickets to the All-Star Game, Dodgers president Stan Kasten said the team would encourage them to keep that money on account with the team. But anyone who wants a refund can go to the team’s web site on Monday for instructions.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have not hosted an All-Star Game in 40 years. They will have to wait a little longer.Major League Baseball officially announced Friday that the abbreviated 2020 schedule will not include an All-Star Game. Dodger Stadium had been scheduled to host the game along with the sprawling network of activities like the Home Run Derby, FanFest and celebrity events.Instead, the Dodgers have been awarded hosting duties for the 2022 game. The 2021 game had already been awarded to the Atlanta Braves.It is the first time since 1945 that MLB has had to cancel its midsummer exhibition.last_img read more