Is the EU's pursuit of the green economy a solution for Rio+20?

21 May 2012

Wednesday 6 June 2012, Residence Palace, Passage Room, Brussels: 10am – 11.30am

The United Nations Conference of Sustainable Development (UNCSD), known as Rio+20, will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 18th - 21st. The Summit is expected to deliver measures to address the multiple crises the world is currently facing over energy, food, climate, poverty and finance.

In the run up to the Summit, the European Union has actively promoted a "green economy". What does the concept of the green economy involve and what does it imply for policies in the EU and beyond? Does it provide muchneeded solutions to protect the environment and promote a real shift towards sustainable economies? Who will benefit from the green economy and why has the concept attracted criticisms?

Join us to debate whether the green economy promoted by the EU is the right approach for Rio+20 and a solution for the current global crisis.


  • Jo Leinen, Member of the European Parliament (S&D)
  • Hugo Maria Schally, Head of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, DG Environment
  • Pablo Solón, Director of Focus on the Global South, former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN
  • Joachim Spangenberg, Vice President of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI)

There will be the opportunity for questions.

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