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University Professor Louise Fresco has been appointed chair of the newly established Rio+20 National Platform. The appointment was announced by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ben Knapen.

University Professor Louise Fresco is chair of the newly established Rio+20 National Platform. The appointment was announced by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ben Knapen.

The aim of the platform is to get sustainable development firmly back on the social agenda and generate new and innovative ideas for the government delegation that will be attending the UN Rio+20 summit in 2012. The Rio+20 National Platform brings together a diverse range of organisations, including NGOs, businesses, youth and women’s organisations and knowledge institutions.

From the end of this month, platform participants will focus on the theme of ‘a green economy in the context of sustainable development and the fight against poverty’ and on the way in which the world community, led by the UN, is pursuing sustainable development.

Nearly 20 years after the Rio Earth Summit, a major UN summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, sustainable production and consumption remain immensely important. The Rio+20 summit will look at how agreements made in the past can be fulfilled and how new problems should be tackled.

About Louise Fresco

Fresco has been University Professor at the UvA since 2006, specialising in the Foundations of Sustainable Development in an International Context. She also holds a seat on the Supervisory Board of Rabobank Nederland and is the author of both scientific publications and columns and essays. Louise Fresco was also a member of the Delta Committee, which examined ways of protecting the Netherlands from the consequences of rising sea levels and climate change.