Regional forum on Rio+20 set Oct. 25 in Cag. de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Oct. 24 (PIA) — A regional consultation on the subject “The Philippines’ Countdown to Rio+20: Region 10 Consultation for the Preparation and Participation to United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development” or Rio+20 Conference will be held in the city, this coming Oct. 25.

 Engr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), region 10, said the consultation will be participated in by representatives from regional offices of national government agencies, provincial and city governments, civil society, business and labor sectors.

He said through its General Assembly Resolution 64/236, the United Nations decided to organize Rio+20 Conference in Rio Janiero, Brazil on June 4-6, next year, with the following major themes:

“Green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication” and “institutional framework for sustainable development.”

Marking the 20th year of the Rio Summit in 1992 and Agenda 21, the Rio+20 Conference, aims to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development, assess progress and gaps in implementation of agreed commitments and address new and emerging challenges.

Dacanay said as part of the preparations for the Philippines’ meaningful participation in the Rio+20 Conference, the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) will conduct an assessment of the implementation of Philippine Agenda 21.

It will also look into the green economy prospects of the country and how it can be a means to achieve sustainable development and poverty eradication, as well, as the priorities for strengthening the institutional framework for sustainable development at the local, national and international levels.

Activities to be conducted to produce an assessment report and strategy papers for the Rio+20 Conference themes will include of a series of policy fora, round table discussions and consultations, Dacanay added. (PIA-10)

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