UN report suggests tax and credit mechanisms to encourage sustainable practices
21/05/2012 18:24 - Portal Brasil
With 56 recommendations in support of the implementation of the concept of sustainable development, the United Nations (UN) report - Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing - had its Portuguese version launched on May 17 (2012) in Rio de Janeiro.
The document was prepared by the UN High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability and was published in January this year in Ethiopia. It results from a working group formed by 22 authorities, including the Brazilian Minister for the Environment, Izabella Teixeira.
Among its recommendations, the 154-page publication highlights the development of indicators to mitigate climate change and suggests tax and credit mechanisms to encourage sustainable practices, as well as the elimination of subsidies for fossil fuels.
With less than one month to go for the Rio+20 Conference, the document calls for integration of social and environmental costs, as well as a greater level of engagement from the private sector on issues related to sustainability.
Participating in the launching of the report were Minister Izabella Teixeira, the Executive Secretary of the UN panel, Janos Pasztor, and Ambassador André Corrêa Lago, Head of environmental policies and sustainable development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.