U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
We should be thinking about harnessing the power of the market. Remember in the 1960s, official development assistance accounted for 70 percent of the capital flows to developing nations, but today it amounts to only 13 percent, while at the same time, development budgets have actually increased. Why is that?
Well, you know very well. Because while continuing to provide assistance, the private sector investments, using targeted resources and smart policies, have catalyzed more balanced, inclusive, sustainable growth. The United States has taken this idea to heart.
French President Francois Hollande
Sustainable development isn't a constraint. It's a lever. Nor is it a tool to protect the most privileged against the rest, but rather to promote a concept of humanity. I'm including development, the environment and the fight against poverty as major priorities of my five-year term.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Friends, Rio+20 has brought us together for the third time in 20 years. We are, each of us, greatly privileged to be present here today. Let us greet this privilege with passion and perspective. We are not here this week just to talk to each other. We are here to decide, to agree--and then to act.
Bolivian President Evo Morales
The "green economy"promoted by the United Nations Rio+20 summit is a form of new colonialism. Capitalist nations that have destroyed the environment are trying punish poor nations by dumping the responsibility of environmental protection on them and limiting the resources they can use.
The capitalist nations want to create intervention mechanisms to monitor and assess our national policies, using environmental concerns as an excuse.
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki
My government is pleased with the progress that has been achieved here in Rio de Janeiro, particularly with the agreement to strengthen and upgrade the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
We must hasten to establish a sole governing organ with all member nations participating, secure stable funding, and take necessary steps to integrate headquarters functions in Nairobi. As the host nation, we promise to do everything in our power.
Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Thinley
Propelled by technology, fueled by greed and driven by GDP, the path mankind trod for more than half a century brought us to a crossroads here at Rio, 20 years ago.
Despite agreeing to make a turn, we accelerated onward. As highly evolved beings with social, intellectual and emotional needs, we do share one common vision: the ultimate dream of happiness. This aspiration transcends all the dividing contours of society and has the power to unite all humanity.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
I would like to applaud developing countries in particular, as they signed the document in the absence of any promise of financial support from developed countries.
In order to leave a sustainable society to our children, let us come up with specific measures and begin our efforts today to realize them.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Many countries could do more if additional finance and technology were available. Unfortunately, there is little evidence of support from the industrialized countries in these areas. The ongoing economic crisis has made matters worse.
I am happy we have reaffirmed the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" as the principle of equity during this summit.
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao
To jointly promote sustainable development, we should take a fair, just, open and inclusive approach.
Developed countries should honor their commitment, abandon unsustainable models of production and consumption, reduce excessive consumption of global resources, and help developing countries enhance capacity for sustainable development.
China is a major developing country. The more it develops, the more opportunities China will create and the more contribution it will make to the world.
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