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UN Details Pledges Worth $513 Billion at Rio+20 Summit

June 22, 2012

Countries and companies have made 692 pledges totalling $513 billion to push efforts to curb the use of fossil fuels, conserve water and encourage wider use of renewable energy, part of a global effort to promote economic growth that doesn’t strain the planet’s resources, the United Nations said today.

The value of the promises was disclosed by Sha Zukang, secretary-general of the UN’s Rio+20 summit on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro. The June 20-22 conference, the UN’s biggest, drew 45,381 official delegates and thousands more who attended side events and protests around the Brazilian city.

“These voluntary commitments are a major part of the legacy of this conference,” Zukang said. “The numerous commitments bring together key actors united behind the same cause to achieve sustainable development.”

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