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27 March 2012

Stronger social dimension needed in Rio+20 process

Clear targets and more political emphasis on sustainable growth, employment and social justice are needed if the Rio+20 conference in June 2012 is to become a real success. This was the main outcome of a two-day debate organised by ETUI and ETUC on 12-13 March at the Danish Metalworkers’ School in Jørlunde, Denmark.

Building on the position paper for Rio+20 adopted by ETUC’s Executive Committee in October 2011, representatives of the European trade union movement urged key players in the Rio+20 process to pay much more attention to the social dimension of the green economy and the sustainability transition.

Keynote speaker was Finnish President Tarja Halonen who co-chaired the UN’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability. Mrs Halonen presented the main results of the special report Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing launched end of January.

Here are some of the presentations at the conference:

Laura Martin Murillo SustainLabour PDF
Rudi Delarue Director International Labour Organisation Brussels PDF
Simon Wilson King Baudouin Foundation PDF
An Le Nouail Marlière European Economic and Social Committee Group 2 PDF
Thomas Coutrot Economist Attac France PDF
Sigurt Vitols ETUI and WZB PDF
Anabella Rosemberg ITUC PDF
Jorre Van Damme Arbeid en Milieu Belgium PDF
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