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June 30, 2012

Ban Ki Moon: Rio+20 was a success and leaves a concrete and lasting legacy

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has hit back at critics of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development by claiming it was a ‘success’.

The summit ended last week amid scenes of anger from Greenpeace, WWF and civil society groups, while 130 activists walked out of the talks in protest at what they said was a lack of action.

But speaking in New York on Thursday Mr Ban praised civil society, and said Rio+20 had been an “important victory for multilateralism after months of difficult negotiations”.

“The Rio+20 outcome document – The Future We Want – provides a firm foundation to build on, so that all of us can move toward the greater sustainability,” he said.