Serbian delegates on expectations for Rio+20

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Pressanya, Rio de Janeiro

On the first day of official negotiations at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20 or Earth Summit, the Serbian delegation has explained their expectations on the outcome of the conference.

Miroslav Tadic, head of international relations at the Ministry of Environment says:

“The outcome of the summit is a document called, “Future we want”, which frames and provides guidance for the further development of policies for sustainable development on both global and local level and provides a framework for action at regional and national level. For now, the Serbian delegation does not expect significant changes in the document which should be adopted on the last day of the Conference. There is a disagreement within the NGO sector on the general content of the document; they claim that there are insufficient binding elements, specific objectives and proposed activities. From the delegates’ perspective the most important is that the green economy is recognized globally as a mean of encouraging sustainable development and a green economy is a recommendation to the states to, in accordance with their opportunities, available resources, develop a strategic framework for the transition to a green economy, which in the long-term should provide achievement of sustainable development.

Also agree upon was the reform of the institutional framework in the field of sustainable development, which includes reforms for the improvement of the UN economic and social council, ECOSOC, the formation of high political forum for sustainable development that should improve the work of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) thus far. We are especially interested in strengthening the mandate and functions, and in the improvement of the UN environment Program(UNEP), which includes the universal membership of states in the administrative council of the body and higher mandates in terms of creating a global policy in the field of environmental protection at the level of the entire UN system, better coordination of multilateral agreements in the field of environmental protection, greater funding and greater assistance to countries in the implementation of global policies. ”

A Professor and UNDP expert on national coordination of preparations for Rio +20, Andjelka Mihajlov, says that from her expert point of view, the conference has become an eco-telescope. “There are many elements that every country can find a part on which to work on after the conference and contribute to the future they want. If we look in the details, they are not finely elaborated, in particular, not all things are brought up to make decisions on them but there is room to get closer to them next year, if there is political will. Leaders at the highest-level have spoken on what their delegations represented in the previous days, and there were no dramatic new messages,” says Mihajlov.