Sweco took part in UN summit on sustainable development, Rio+20
Sweco’s Chief Sustainability Officer Andreas Gyllenhammar presented the company’s sustainable solutions in Rio de Janeiro during the largest UN conference ever organized, the Earth Summit, on 20-22 June. On 21 June he took part in the summit as part of an international panel debate on sustainable urban planning.
2012 marks the passage of 20 years since Rio de Janeiro hosted the United Nations’ Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as ECO-92, where the Agenda 21 action plan was adopted. The objective of the year’s conference, that gathered the total of 45,000 participants from around the world and more than 100 heads of state, was to update the global sustainability agenda. These issues have become increasingly critical and the focus this year will be on themes such as a green economy, sustainable cities and potential models for collaboration.
The summit included over 500 events, negotiations and meetings of various kinds. Sweco was invited to take part in a panel debate where the role of cities were discussed.
”From a global perspective, things have not moved in the right direction since the last summit and it feels urgent to be here and contribute knowledge about our solutions for sustainable development,” said Andreas Gyllenhammar before leaving for the event.
Sweco was part of a group of Swedish companies and public agencies represented in the Swedish Trade Council’s SymbioCity exhibit in the pavilion area. The focus of the pavilion was on sustainable urban development, and Sweco’s section showcased the company’s sustainable solutions and experience of sustainable city concepts from around the world.
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