Mikati in Rio calls for shifting to green economy

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Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati who is in Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 conference on the environment, called Thursday for shifting in Lebanon to an environmentally friendly economy and working on eradicating poverty, National News Agency reported.

As part of the conference, Mikati participated in an ESCWA-organized conference on regional organizations that work for green development and sustainability.

He said that although the Arab region welcomes “all global calls to strengthen the green economy, we are [also] completely aware that a green economy alone cannot resolve the current economic problems. Youth unemployment constitutes the most persistent challenge that our region, and country in particular, face.”

While in Rio , Mikati met Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto the commander of Brazil’s navy Thursday to thank him for Brazil’s contribution to UNIFIL.

Mikati said he and the Lebanese delegation could not “visit Rio without visiting the Brazilian navy to express … our love and thanks for the efforts you have made to help Lebanon under [the auspices of] UNIFIL. The work you are doing is very important, and it is a major support for the Lebanese Army.”

Leaders raise alarm

Leaders from the developing world sharply criticized their counterparts from richer nations during talks at the Rio+20 sustainable development conference on Thursday, citing what they said is the historic responsibility industrialized nations have to clean up the globe.

Cuban leader Raul Castro cited a long-standing argument of developing nations: that the old powers from Europe and the U.S. must contribute more in funds and efforts to clean up the globe and prevent climate change since they ate up more of the globe’s natural resources while working their way to developed-nation status.

Delegates from developed nations, meanwhile, said that a rapidly changing economic order and the rise of nations such as China, Brazil and India means that all nations must work together in protecting the environment.

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9 responses to “Mikati in Rio calls for shifting to green economy”

  1. master09 Avatar
    master09

    Yeh and keep smoking that other GREEN stuff….what about getting the young to clean Lebanon, fix roads,work on the elect problem so you can creat the jobs,gas and oil xploration, awards and help for the young to invent things, sports programs to get them away from politics and the talk of war all the time…
     there is work in Lebanon but they don,t want to work for $20 they would rather sit smoke drink coffee and talk politics…..poor minds brainwashed kids and a poor government who does not give a shit about the people…………why don.t the Lebanese do the maid work instead of getting outsiders plus plus plus and so on 

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Rio – one place that still has a bunch of ‘native’ vegetation left to be green with – and NICE beaches. 😉  Ole!
      (Not sure the drinking water is any better, master09 ….)
      Wonder if Mikati is thinking about Solar Power …. but maybe the rubber-filled air too?

    2. dateam Avatar

      well said…whats funny is when lebs go overseas they work as cleaners,garbage collectors,labourers u name it they do it…if we got rid of all the foreign workers ( and palestinians in a nice way ) minimum wages would go up every man and woman would work and hence a better quality of life….

  2. master09 Avatar
    master09

    Yeh and keep smoking that other GREEN stuff….what about getting the young to clean Lebanon, fix roads,work on the elect problem so you can creat the jobs,gas and oil xploration, awards and help for the young to invent things, sports programs to get them away from politics and the talk of war all the time…
     there is work in Lebanon but they don,t want to work for $20 they would rather sit smoke drink coffee and talk politics…..poor minds brainwashed kids and a poor government who does not give a shit about the people…………why don.t the Lebanese do the maid work instead of getting outsiders plus plus plus and so on 

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Rio – one place that still has a bunch of ‘native’ vegetation left to be green with – and NICE beaches. 😉  Ole!
      (Not sure the drinking water is any better, master09 ….)
      Wonder if Mikati is thinking about Solar Power …. but maybe the rubber-filled air too?

    2. dateam Avatar

      well said…whats funny is when lebs go overseas they work as cleaners,garbage collectors,labourers u name it they do it…if we got rid of all the foreign workers ( and palestinians in a nice way ) minimum wages would go up every man and woman would work and hence a better quality of life….

  3. master09 Avatar
    master09

    Yeh and keep smoking that other GREEN stuff….what about getting the young to clean Lebanon, fix roads,work on the elect problem so you can creat the jobs,gas and oil xploration, awards and help for the young to invent things, sports programs to get them away from politics and the talk of war all the time…
     there is work in Lebanon but they don,t want to work for $20 they would rather sit smoke drink coffee and talk politics…..poor minds brainwashed kids and a poor government who does not give a shit about the people…………why don.t the Lebanese do the maid work instead of getting outsiders plus plus plus and so on 

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Rio – one place that still has a bunch of ‘native’ vegetation left to be green with – and NICE beaches. 😉  Ole!
      (Not sure the water is any better, master09 ….)

    2. dateam Avatar

      well said…whats funny is when lebs go overseas they work as cleaners,garbage collectors,labourers u name it they do it…if we got rid of all the foreign workers ( and palestinians in a nice way ) minimum wages would go up every man and woman would work and hence a better quality of life….

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