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Rio+20 and the green economy: issues and outlook

The main themes of the Rio+20 international conference, which was held in the Brazilian economic capital June 20th to 22nd, 2012, are the implementation of the “Green Economy” and the global governance of sustainable development.

In a time when the world is experiencing an extremely serious financial crisis, the concept of a green economy combining growth with environmental imperatives is raising many questions.

What exactly is meant by “Green Economy”, a concept backed by most large international organisations? How can it contribute to sustainable development, particularly in developing countries? Why does it put so many NGOs on the defensive?

Rio+20 and the green economy

Issues and outlook

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