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Investing in 10 key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient 'green economy' and also help reduce poverty, says a new UN report.
It calls for $1.3 trillion dollar investment, which may sound like a lot, but is actually one or two per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) into agriculture, buildings, energy supply, fisheries, forestry, industry including energy efficiency, tourism, transport, waste management and water. According to Achim Steiner, UNEP's Executive Director, the world currently spends that amount on a range of subsidies that often perpetuate unsustainable resources use in areas such as fossil fuels.
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STATEMENT OF MR RAE KWON CHUNG DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
H. E. Mr. Nurgali Ashimov, Minister of Environment Protection, Government of Kazakhstan,
It gives me great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all of you at the Preparatory Meeting of Senior Officials for the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific. »»»
Greetings of Prime-Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Masimov K.K to participants of the 6th h Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development of Asia — Pacific region
Ladies and Gentlemen,
For Kazakhstan, as a country hosting of the Conference is not only an honor but also an opportunity to contribute to the development of multilateral cooperation in environmental protection and development. »»»
Dr. Park Young-Woo, Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and Pacific.
CAREC-CARNET: The main message of the Conference is aimed at environmental and economic policy integration in the interests of sustainable development of the Asian-Pacific nations. What are the priority steps, in your opinion, that the countries of this region have to make – jointly and by each individual country?
Dr. Park Young-Woo: The basic thrust behind the Green Growth and Green Economy approach is that we cannot continue with the business-as-usual scenario of the past century. It is clear that this approach is unlikely to assist in achieving the goals the international community has set ranging from combating climate change to supplying freshwater, sufficient food and overcoming poverty.
DR. NOELEEN HEYZER
UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
AND EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF ESCAP
I have come to Kazakhstan to open the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific. Attending this Conference are Ministers and representatives of over 40 countries in Asia and the Pacific.
This Conference is of immense importance. It is the only inter-governmental gathering where Ministers of environment and of development, collectively address sustainable development issues. Other stakeholders, in particular the civil society, private businesses, and academics have also contributed by sharing their perspectives at the other stakeholder forums. »»»
A. Keltchewsky:"Regional cooperation and participation of civil society in the process of discussing and addressing environmental concerns — these are two important points that deserve attention"
The Head of the OSCE Centre in Astana, Ambassador Mr. Alexander Keltchewsky speaks about the plans of The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to participate in the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED-6), which will be held from September 27 to October 2, 2010 in Astana.
1. What significance of this Conference sees the OSCE Centre Astana for Kazakhstan?
I do not have all the information on the discussions preceding the decision to hold the Sixth Ministerial Conference in Kazakhstan. As a diplomat I cannot help but notice that the Kazakhstan’s presidency in OSCE is a very fortunate coincidence, although the decision on the Conference was taken five years ago, but on the OSCE Chairmanship in 2007. Moreover it’s good to remember that Kazakhstan then put forward its candidacy for 2009. »»»
CAREC begins an on-line discussion: “Involving civil society and business community into “Green growth” policy promotion:Priorities, solutions, perspectives”
The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) on the official MCED-6 website www.mced6.org starts the on-line discussion “Involving civil society and business community into “Green growth” policy promotion: Priorities, solutions, perspectives”.
This on-line forum will be conducted from 1August till 15 October 2010 within the preparation to the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED-6), which will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 27 Sept – 2 Oct 2010. »»»