Deputy Prime Minister participates in the thematic debate of the GA on Rio+20
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, participated in a thematic debate of the General Assembly on the preparation of the Rio+20 Summit, which is going to take place in Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 22 June 2012.
Minister Asselborn expressed his hope that the conference would have a clear and ambitious outcome, based on a renewed political commitment for sustainable development and underlined notably: “Agreement on sustainable development targets and themes, on an inclusive green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and on strengthening the institutional framework for sustainable development is essential in our view.”
Minister Asselborn recalled Luxembourg’s commitment to sustainable development and poverty eradication by referring to Luxembourg official development assistance, which exceeds 0.7% of gross national income since 2000 and 1% since 2009, despite the current budgetary constraints in the context of the economic and financial crisis. He also emphasised the importance attached by Luxembourg to the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals established in 2000, by 2015.
Finally, the head of Luxembourg’s diplomacy pleaded for the upgrading of the United Nations Environment Programme to the status of a specialised agency, at the same level of other UN agencies, with a view to provide a strengthened platform for the definition of the global environmental agenda.
In the margins of this debate, Minister Asselborn met with a number of Permanent Representatives and groups of representatives to the United Nations.