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What to expect from Rio+20

Some Deloitte perspectives on key sustainability issues


Rio+20 conference: Deloitte perspectives on the key sustainability issueAt the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together with the aim to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.

This paper provides an overview of key discussion topics plus perspectives from our global sustainability leaders including:

  • The main challenges today - translation of consensus on sustainability into concrete, targeted, realistic actions
  • The investment and financing issue and the importance of ensuring all players such as banks, insurance companies, investors and government are able to come together to discuss policies and initiatives
  • Water stewardship and the importance of looking at multiple areas of action in ensuring this scarce resource is managed effectively at a global level.

While Rio+20 was not intended to produce ‘blockbuster’ international agreements focused on individual commitments by organisations and governments, the conference reflects the extent to which acceptance of the imperative of sustainable development is now pervasive across both the private and public sectors.

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