The Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012 (BASD) has announced Senapathy Gopalakrishnan as its new chair. Mr Gopalakrishnan will lead the BASD in its efforts to ensure that the global business community is well represented during discussions at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Rio+20).
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Meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, business leaders in Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012 (BASD 2012) and representatives of UN Member States discussed the crucial role business must play in the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012, commonly known as the Rio+20 Earth Summit.
This is the text of an article which was published Wednesday, August 7, 2002 in The Guardian newspaper
With the Johannesburg summit's stated emphasis on "partnerships for solutions", it would be nice to get away from the cycle of mutual recrimination and concentrate on working together in the shared interest of a more sustainable world. Sadly, Tony Juniper's comment in this space last week sought yet again to portray business as the arch enemy of sustainable development.
More sustainable production and consumption will be among key business contributions to World Summit goals, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart told the final session.
Business Action for Sustainable Development, a coalition of business associations, today called on governments to provide funding for next year's World Summit on Sustainable Development and relieve South Africa as host country of an unacceptable financial burden that was imperiling the event.
Industry leaders and UN officials will meet in Paris tomorrow to discuss the business agenda for next year's World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
Fresh from a three-day tour of Johannesburg, BASD chair Sir Mark Moody-Stuart has called for a "fully inclusive" process at next year's World Summit on Sustainable Development - including a public meeting with NGOs and an exhibition space.