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Global Europe 03-10-2016

Helen Clark: UN needs a well-established leader, not a technocrat

The United Nations need a "well-established leader" capable of working across divisions, and able to mobilise people around the aspirations the member states themselves have expressed for a more inclusive, sustainable world, Helen Clark said in a wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV.com's editor-in-chief Daniela Vincenti.

Philippe Orliange: ‘Cities must boost borrowing to finance climate action’

Local and regional authorities are stepping up their efforts to fight climate change, but limited access to finance often holds them back, Philippe Orliange told Cécile Barbière from EURACTIV France.
Ronan Dantec is a French senator and environmentalist.

French senator: ‘Do not forget about development’ in climate negotiations

Ronan Dantec is a Europe Ecology - The Greens senator for the Loire-Atlantique department in France and the environment spokesman for United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the global cities' network. He is campaigning to merge the international negotiations on climate change and sustainable development. 
Development Policy 19-12-2014

UN boss: Lima was a reality check, and leaders need to step up for Paris

?The differences between how the developed and developing countries view their responsibilities will hinder agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, unless top political leaders provide the momentum needed to drive the talks, says Achim Steiner.
Development Policy 24-06-2013

Mary Robinson: Seeking justice for people and the planet

Former Irish president Mary Robinson was named the UN special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region in March. In another capacity, she is campaigning for climate justice. Robinson tells EURACTIV that peace, stability and sustainable development are not mutually exclusive.

UNIDO chief: EU an active partner in energy access

The United Nations is committed to sustainable development to promote wealth creation and structural change in developing economies. This includes expanding access to energy, says Kandeh K. Yumkella of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Why firms should invest in sustainability

Unilever, the European consumer products company, recently announced the first annual results of its Sustainable Living Plan aimed at improving efficiency in the full cycle of its product line – from production through consumption. Jan Zijderveld talks about how the plan – launched in 2010 – has changed the firm’s outlook.
Climate change 02-02-2012

Hedegaard: ‘Rethinking our growth model’

EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says global development challenges cannot be met if the world's economic powers do not rethink their growth model. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, she also addresses controversial policies on emission charges for airlines and rejects calls for a price floor to sustain Europe's depressed carbon market.

Danish minister: Green growth without prophesying

Danish Environment Minister Ida Auken has an ambitious agenda for her country's EU presidency, including global leadership on sustainable development. The Socialist politician says she sees no conflict between environmental regulation and spurring economic growth in Europe.

UN specialist: Nature profiteers must pay for damage done

A United Nations initiative is making massive calculations in an attempt to put a price on nature services such as soils, forest or fresh water in a drive to convince policymakers to implement the 'polluter pays' principle to protect nature, said Pavan Sukhdev, who leads the initiative.

Poto?nik: Europe must lead ‘green revolution’

The EU will invest billions in green technologies using a series of public private partnerships (PPPs), Janez Poto?nik, Commissioner responsible for Science and Research, has said in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.
Climate change 11-05-2005

Interview with Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas

Cooperation on market-based instruments is a "significant achievement" of EU-US talks on climate change, Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Other topical subjects covered in the interview include: REACH, research on eco-technologies, impact assessments, the Lisbon strategy and the implementation of environmental legislation.
Development Policy 12-06-2004

Full interview with Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn explains the outlines of his project for a 'sustainable Europe' in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Elections 09-06-2004

Interview: Monica Frassoni, Co-President of the European Greens

Monica Frassoni stresses that competiveness and high environmental protection can go hand in hand and says "the progress made by the EU towards sustainable development has been little more than lip service".
Trade & Society 08-03-2004

Full interview with Vandana Shiva on the ills of the world trading system

Vandana Shiva, Director of Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, Dehra Dun, India, has shared her views with EURACTIV on the EU's emerging proposal to introduce a new principle, that of 'collective preferences', in international trade policy.

Interview with Björn Stigson, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (W

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, Björn Stigson WBCSD President said: "Companies that engage in voluntary actions rarely fail to comply. The laggards are usually not found in this category."

Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

"Sustainable development and principles of environmental protection must be clearly enshrined in the constitutional principles of the EU," says UNEP Executive Director, Dr. Klaus Töpfer.