United Nations

Statement by Commissioner Janez Potočnik on behalf of the EU and its Member States on the adoption of the outcome of the Rio Conference

17 Jul 2012

"I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.


We would like to thank Brazil and the President of Brazil personally for her efforts in bringing this conference to a successful conclusion.


We support the adoption of this outcome document. As partners know, there are a number of areas where we would have hoped for a more ambitious outcome, for instance with regard to the definition of concrete timelines for the realization of goals in the priority areas covered by the document.


Greening the United Nations Charter

5 Jun 2012

The slow progress in the preparation for the Rio+20 conference indicates that fundamental reforms in the UN system are needed, argues new paper in Environment magazine.