'Environmental efforts should aid growth'

CHENNAI, FEB. 15. Environmental efforts should be integrated more effectively to address the opportunities and challenges of globalization and promote sustainable industrial growth, tackle disease and provide clean air, water and food security to all, Canada's Ambassador for Environment, Gilbert Parent, said here on Friday.

Environmental governance should be considered within the broad context of sustainable development and over-all strengthening of multilateral institutions.

Many of the processes used recently to arrive at some decisions under the Framework Convention for Climate Change highlight the need to improve international governance and decision-making on environment, Mr. Parent said while speaking at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation on ``Canada's environmental priorities.''

The former Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, who explained his country's programme for the forthcoming Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development, said all domestic, bilateral and multilateral preparations should focus on furthering the tangible progress made on environmental issues in the last 30 years including the successful negotiations that concluded at Marakkesh last year on the rules for implementing the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

The Johannesburg meet would discuss the environment and the health of world's children besides health and economic prosperity of all. Mr Parent said Canada would focus on the need to reach out to as many people as possible.

``We need to make the force of globalization work for the environment and work for the poor. If we are able to make sustainable development relevant for everyone, we need pragmatic policies and actions.''

Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, Chairman, MSSRF, said that at a time when people were bound more by ecology, geographical and political divisions notwithstanding, environmentally benign technologies should be shared. However, the economic viability of the producers should not be affected.

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