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Rio+20: Civil movements reflect desire for sustainable future, UN official says June 13,2012   |  Source: UN News Centre

The civil movements that have taken place over the past months in the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere reflect a global call for a sustainable future, a United Nations official said today, stressing that governments should listen to their citizens and implement greener policies that that take into the account people’s well-being.

“The world witnessed an Arab Spring, we saw people Occupy Wall Street and other places. People took to the streets in Europe – at the core of all of these social uprisings has been a demand for people to be able to live in dignity, to have a sustainable quality of live and be able to pass that to their children,” the Executive Coordinator of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson, said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro.

“The people of the world are asking for sustainable development, however they define it. They may not use that expression but what they are asking for is sustainable development,” she added.

More than 100 heads of State and government, along with thousands of parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, chief executive officers and civil society leaders are expected to attend Rio+20, from 20 to 22 June, to shape new policies to promote prosperity, reduce poverty and advance

Theme(s): Communities and Organisations.

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