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Rio+20 : Green economies need a new mechanism to harness science
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  • Published on: 11 Jan 2012
  • Source: Science and Development Network

Green economies need a new mechanism to harness science
Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the sustainable development agenda continues to focus too exclusively on the environment ? driven by environment ministries, with woefully insufficient progress overall.

And over the past 20 years, development has moved us closer to the risk of exceeding "planetary boundaries" of our Earth system ? from the climate to biodiversity, to land use. Yet while facing these challenges we must further enhance efforts towards bridging the development divide between the North and the South, as well as securing greater social equity and human wellbeing.

It is therefore essential to ensure that in the future, those dealing with our economies also commit to sustainable development and the 'greening' of our economic systems. This is why the Rio+20 world summit will focus on the green economy "in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication".

But there will be no green economy without clean technology, innovation and sound science. The outcome of Rio+20 must therefore include a mechanism to encourage more research and better access to knowledge in all scientific fields.

A sound science base

The Rio+20 preparatory process has now agreed that there is no such thing as a 'one size fits all' green economy. The elements of a green economy need to be country- or region-specific, with 'greening' of all economic sectors whether agriculture, information technology or the chemical industry.

Making the transition to a green economy will involve unprecedented efforts to harness science, technology and international cooperation. We need more comprehensive innovation systems based on coordinated policies and sound science that truly integrate the three pillars ? environmental, social and economic ? of sustainable development.

Understanding this interconnectedness of natural and socioeconomic systems is crucial for addressing global challenges. And it implies a clear role for new, more integrated interdisciplinary research across the natural and social sciences.
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