By Prisca Sam-Duru
Ahead of the Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, has -emphasised the need for preservation and conservation of the environment for sustainable development.

In commemoration of the 2012 International Mother Earth Day, which honours the planet and place of human beings in it, Ban ki-Moon, who noted that it is also a call to action against human disregard for nature’s life-supporting resources and ecosystems said:  “In less than two months, the world will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The first Earth Summit in 1992 gave us important legally binding conventions, the far-reaching Agenda 21 blueprint, and the conceptual breakthrough of sustainable development.  Rio+20 offers us timely chance for a similar change in course for a much needed paradigm shift and a  re-commitment to implementation”.

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