02 Jul '12, 9am
Deconstructing Rio+20 and Finding Some Inspiration
Multi-sector partnerships will be critical. Absolute performance (in terms of eco-efficiency, e.g.) must radically improve in all segments of the economy. Global institutions must rebuild trust, as they are seen as having failed in their fiduciary responsibilities to consumers and citizens. And the very loudest message of all? While there is great dissatisfaction with government performance progressing sustainable development over the last two decades, there is high conviction also that government must do the most to lead in the years ahead. To my mind, this means leadership by example – governments themselves must acknowledge concepts like planetary boundaries and participate in development of the green economy – and set the necessary guardrails for sustainable development with regulation that is as competitively neutral and sustainably positive as possible.