- Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
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Contribution by the Eco-Forum Global to a Successful Rio+20 Conference
The Eco-Forum Global is a China-based organization committed to creating effective dialogue and generating new paradigm and new actions to foster green development opportunities worldwide.
For the past three years, the Eco-Forum Global has convened groups of committed people, enterprises and organizations from inside and outside China to engage in productive dialogue on green economy and sustainable development.
New Future - Objectives of the Conference
Rio+20 provides a unique opportunity for the world to review and complete the past 20 years of efforts on sustainable developments, and more importantly, to open up a new future.
The world is facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty. The eco-system is increasingly vulnerable and uncertain. Eco-security is becoming a top priority for governments, organizations, business and individuals. The existing development model that we are familiar with has not provided with any effective solutions to deal with the crisis.
The reality is that the gap between the rich and poor, and the gap between who is in need and who has not are enlarging at faster pace.
Human beings must demand a fundamental shift in paradigm of the ways we live our life, conduct our business and govern ourselves.
We must have the courage to confront ourselves with the reality and face where we have failed. The next step is to reinvent the governance structure, take powerful actions, and make paradigm shift.
We call for reaching authentic and sweeping consensus to live in a new world of eco-civilization.
Green Development and Eco-civilization
We advocate for ecological civilization. We are going beyond the industrialized civilization and moving into eco-civilization. This is a huge mission, as big as civilization changes.
Eco-civilization represents a fundamental shift about how we live our daily life, how we conduct our business, and how we exist to the nature we live in.
Countries of different origins and culture traditions are capable of making unique contributions to a new world of eco-civilization.
Eco-civilization is the direction. We must create a new future, not just wait for something to fall on us.
Opportunities Now Present - Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
We are convinced that green economy should not be merely viewed as new ?tools? or new ?approaches? to fulfill the goals of sustainable development. Green economy, while people could differ on its definition, must be viewed as a powerful context in which we carry out economic activities.
Green economy offers operable models and frameworks to grow innovative and sustained efforts. Green economy is the pathway to eliminate poverty and to develop harmonious relationship with the environment we are living within.
Green economy demands creativity. Green economy is way more than simple branding or slogans. It is innovative act. It is a promise to create and deliver. In China and many other places in the world, local economies are experimenting very interesting new models for sustainable development. We need to aggregate, exchange, expand and re-innovate all these best practices from local to global.
Green economy demands collaboration at an unprecedented level we probably have never seen. There is no shortage of new approaches, new access, and new models for us to adopt. We need to become experts in building trusts and finding partners through formal or informal dialogues.
Green economy itself demands opportunities to grow suitable growth models. We have discovered some exciting stories where new technologies, which would have not been adopted by maturing business in other countries, were successfully launched by entrepreneurial and its transnational business partner. The unique market opportunities available in developing countries make it possible and even easier to grow green technologies.
The experiences and efforts that are being made in countries like Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa should be given much bigger attention. Mature models and experiments should be pruned for implementation at bigger scales.
In the end, taking on Green Economy demands courage. Green economy is not immune from risk of failures or mistakes. Excessive worries or debates about what is fair and what is not block actions and cause delays. Fear of blame and fear of failures are making gaps bigger and bigger. It is time to let go of complaints and suspicions and re-honor our commitments.
New Environment to Invent - Institutional Framework
It is unthinkable that we can produce the outcome intended by Rio+20 if good governance and strong leadership are lacking.
We need an innovative governance system. The experience of the past twenty years proves that non-governmental organizations and other major groups must be given much bigger space and right of voice, which is determinative to the effectiveness of the new institutional framework.
At the very basic levels, eco-security must be realized through effective governance and enforcement. Eco-security transcends national borders and demands full efforts at local, regional and national levels.
At the global level, we advocate for establishing new international structures to implement the sustainable development goals. We are open and are willing to support people who make irrevocable promises and hold themselves accountable to courageous, responsible and measurable results. Whether the new structure is in the form of World Environmental Organization, or United National Sustainable Development Council, the key is to empower the new organization to adopt and supervise the execution of new initiatives.
Fundamentally, green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication are closely tied to the institutional framework because any meaningful changes require a new environment to be provided by strong leadership.
Inter-governmental working mechanisms at regional, national and global levels will continue to operate at higher level of productivity. For example, the governmental organizations must provide pro-innovation legal environment, enforce high regulatory standards.
The leadership at local, regional and national levels must at least focus on the following aspects:
? Promising market and accessibility.
? Social stability
? Social, economic or environmental systems generating demands or needs of applications
? Adequate information and proper access to information
? Educated workforce with proper skills and appropriate awareness
? Clear economic development priorities
What is more important than Rio+20 is what we do and what we deliver after Rio+20. We need to generate ongoing breakthroughs and honor the legally binding commitments we all have made.
It is critical that the Outcome Document must set mandates for what each of us is going to accomplish beyond Rio+20.
The challenges we are facing are enormous. We need to dramatically free up huge creativity and energy from the vast population on the earth.
To have sustainable development job done, we must ongoing re-educate ourselves and empower new generations to come.
In the pathway of green development, we must keep turning the new ideas into true success. We need to be courageous in front of failures, need to learn how to work with teams, mobilize all resources and promote our ideas and commitments. True innovation and entrepreneurship go beyond good ideas and bursts of passion.
With re-commitment firmly in hand, we must group together much more closely and we need to exchange ideas much faster and much more efficiently.
We are committed to be a hub for partnership and foundation for eco-civilization. We are open and committed to partner with all stakeholders to powerfully deliver the results.
Mr. Zhang Xinsheng
The Eco-Forum Global
Room 702A, Canway Building
66 Nanlishilu, Xicheng District
Beijing, the People?s Republic of China
Phone: +86 10 6615 5059
Fax: +86 10 6803 2048