Knapen: world problems cannot be solved by government alone

The global transition to a sustainable economy cannot be achieved by government alone. Companies, consumers and civil society organisations need to work together, with everyone playing their own part. This was the message delivered by Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen on Wednesday 11 April 2012 in The Hague, where he was opening the international business and industry consultation that is being held in preparation for the United Nations Rio+20 sustainability conference in Brazil this June 2012.

‘Companies are crucial in the fight for sustainable development,’ said Mr Knapen. ‘Only by joining forces can we promote this more effectively and efficiently, and safeguard global public goods.’ The minister challenged his audience to be creative and enterprising and to prepare for a ‘big leap towards sustainable business’ at the forthcoming summit in Rio de Janeiro.

The Netherlands is hosting the conference, which has drawn a large number of CEOs from the Netherlands and abroad. They are discussing how their companies can and will contribute to the transition to a green economy, and sending a message to the UN about the steps that need to be taken. On Thursday 12 April 2012, Mr Knapen will deliver the closing address to the conference.