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Renewable energy sources will be the hottest point of the Rio+20 summit (Photo: GettyImages)Green economy is the focal point of the summer. Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, 2012.

It will be the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document.

The objective of the Conference is to "secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges."

In the latest edition of Our Planet, magazine of the xxx, the green economy is in forefront. MR. Adnan Amin, director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency states in the magazine that "by developing renewable energies we can place the world on a path to sustainable clean energy, cut emissions of greenhouse gases and benefit the environment."

"In the developing world, renewable energies not only help lift isolated rural communities out of poverty, creating opportunities and jobs, but can have a fundamental role in addressing energy security and climate change."

"Many economists say a move to renewable energies could be the turning point that is needed to drag western economies from the brink of a long-term recession. Renewable energies are a source of diversified economic growth and job creation: more than 3.5 million people are already employed in renewable energy industries."

The Rio+20 will be an exciting event and is specially highlighted by many because of the 20th anniversary. What comes out of the meeting is another issue, but many are optimistic that it could lead to an important document regarding renewable energy.


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