United Nations: Time to reflect, refocus, reinvigorate

Published 23 Sep 2011

Written for the UN, click here and scroll to page 43 to read the full online article

Michael Liebreich argues that Rio+20 offers an historic opportunity to divert the world’s economy away from its current resource-intensive, environmentally and socially destructive pathway and towards something approaching sustainability. First, he says, leaders must acknowledge the successes and failures of the past 20 years. Then, bearing in mind the brief period remaining before Rio+20, they should urgently focus their attention on workable solutions in three areas: mainstreaming the green economy agenda, accelerating the shift to clean energy and creating a workable large-scale climate finance framework.