By Francisca Pouiller, contributor at WOBI.
After four incredible days of conferences, debates, and discusses all over the great city of Río de Janeiro, Río+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum ended and gave way to the main event Río+20, where the world’s most important political leaders gathered to discuss how their administrations will be able to integrate sustainable policy.
In the words of Georg Kell, Director of the UN Global Compact, the institution that organized the event: “the message that emerged from Río+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum is that the private sector is ready to be a part of the solution, and are already advancing. Corporate innovation and collaboration in sustainability is gathering speed, and in many cases, paving the way. The successful participation at the forum and the agreements reached are evidence of the amazing effort of thousands of companies and organizations in the world that are integrating sustainability in their work. The hope of this summit is that it will be an inspiration and encouragement to governments to move towards a greener economy.”
The world is convulsing from every angle by a crisis that sees no end. Many participants in the forum instated that the event took place at the wrong time: with the elections in Greece and the G20 forum grabbing the majority of attention of what was happening in Río de Janeiro. However, the conclusions of the event were positive and encouraging, and resulted in the formation of a final document demonstrating the advancements made in the conference. Many wait to see a set of objectives and mandate that will help design and plan a future we want.