Secretary-General Urges Private Sector Innovation in Green Growth Ahead of Rio+20

(Copenhagen) – The first Green Growth Leaders Forum, a global public-private partnership for green growth, concluded today following remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Secretary-General encouraged Governments and the private sector to spur innovation toward sustainable energy and green growth in the lead-up to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

“The United nations is ready to work with governments, businesses and investors to spur green growth,” said Secretary-General Ban.

“This Global Green Growth Forum can help pave the way for success in Rio…our vision must be clear: we need to move quickly toward a sustainable economy that is equitable and inclusive.”

The annual Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) is a high-level public-private partnership that brings together 200 global leaders from government, business, finance and civil society to collectively spur green growth and design the architecture for a global green economy. The Forum provided an interactive arena to develop ideas and opportunities for joint action and enable strategic and practical learning across sectors, countries and projects at a national and international level. 3GF was established by the Government of Denmark in partnership with the Government of South Korea, and developed in association with the Global Green Growth Institute.

The Secretary-General also commended the convening countries of 3GF and highlighted Global Compact companies that are making progress in their sustainable energy efforts. “There are excellent examples of progress in Denmark, Mexico and Korea – the three countries that helped make this Forum possible,” he said.

He continued: “I appreciate this engagement. But my message to all countries is the same: we need to do more…Next year’s Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development provides an opportunity for tangible results.”
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