22 June 2012, 17:53

Russia can feed the world - Medvedev

Russia can feed the world - Medvedev

Russia is ready to play the leading role in the safeguarding of food security, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a press conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro.

More than 100 heads of state and government discussed the protection of the environment, the introduction of ecological standards and the possible deficit of natural resources during their 3-day discussions in Rio de Janeiro.

The Rio + 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development had a symbolic meaning. A summit dedicated to the environmental problems took place in Rio de Janeiro 20 years ago. At the latest summit the participants summed up the results and outlined new tasks. Speaking at the conference, Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia is honouring its ecological commitments and is ready to play a key role in the safeguarding of food security:

"We are actively involved in programmes and projects aimed at preventing global recession, and we invest a lot in the work of the International Monetary Fund. I hope that this will help countries to resolve their problems. The best answer to the world development threats is the creation of new jobs. It is one of our priorities in the economic field. I believe that the best recipe here is the formation of a favourable business climate – for small and middle businesses first of all. Equally important is to ensure stable work of financial institutions, including development institutions."

Russia’s Prime Minister confirmed that Russia will considerably reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Their level will be lower than the 1990 level by 25 per cent. Thus, Russia will honour its commitments, as is envisaged by the Kyoto Protocol.

Dmitry Medvedev told the participants of the conference in Rio de Janeiro that Russia is paying a lot of attention to innovative technologies. He believes that economic development based on high technology will be of great help in the future in solving the problems of big cities, where large-scale industrial projects are being implemented. The use of energy-saving technologies is the backbone of sustainable development, Medvedev said.

Among Russia’s international initiatives is the monitoring of natural and man-made disasters to predict the risks and thus, to minimize possible damage.

After the conference was over the heads of state and government signed a final declaration on its results, emphasizing that it is necessary to give a “green” boost to world economy and production.

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