Enviromental Dept. behind UN strategy

Environmental Dept. stands behind the Sustainable Development Financing Strategy.

Water & Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Picture: ANC

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Environmental Affairs will throw its weight behind the United Nations Sustainable Development Financing Strategy.

The strategy aims to bridge the gap between financial aid and the environmental development goals

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said the South African delegation at the Rio Summit was vocal on a number of issues.

Criticism that South Africa muscled other nations out during the environmental deliberation was brushed aside.

Her department said countries needed to agree upon a finance strategy to support the sustainable development goals confirmed at the summit.

Molewa said countries and development banks must consider pooling finances and resources to achieve common goals.

Some lobby groups have criticised the final outcomes from the Rio summit.

But Molewa said she was pleased with outcomes from the conference which included resolutions on marine biodiversity and the green economy.