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Deputy Prime Minister

Volume 547: debated on Tuesday 3 July 2012

Rio+20 Summit

The following is an extract from the oral statement on the outcomes of the Rio+20 Summit made by the Deputy Prime Minister, the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr Clegg) on 26 June 2012.

In summary, although Rio+20 did not go as far as we would have liked, it revived a global commitment to an agenda that has come gravely under threat. Progress was made in the areas where progress needed to be made. The declaration agreed by all 196 countries should not be seen as the upper end of our ambition; it should be our baseline and we should all strive to surpass its expectation. We must build on the steps that were taken to reinvigorate the drive for sustainable development and lasting growth.

[Official Report, 26 June 2012, Vol. 547, c. 162.]

Letter of correction from Nick Clegg:

An error has been identified in the oral statement given on 26 June 2012. The statement should have read:

In summary, although Rio+20 did not go as far as we would have liked, it revived a global commitment to an agenda that has come gravely under threat. Progress was made in the areas where progress needed to be made. The declaration agreed by over 190 countries should not be seen as the upper end of our ambition; it should be our baseline and we should all strive to surpass its expectation. We must build on the steps that were taken to reinvigorate the drive for sustainable development and lasting growth.