UN Conferences “Fantastic Agenda for International Sustainability”

Photograph courtesy of Marina Grossi

Marina Grossi is the President of the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development. In this interview she discusses the role of business in Brazil in helping prepare the agenda for two United Nations conferences later this year critical for bringing Earth back to a sustainable balance: the Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, in New York, in September, and the Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in November/December.

David Braun: Both these events are seen as turning points on the road to global sustainability. Why is that?

Marina Grossi: There is a relationship between climate change and critical resources such as water and energy. This year is an amazing opportunity to discuss these in context because these two conferences give us a fantastic agenda for international sustainability.

This is an opportunity to look at the world and the limits of what it provides, the limits from the economic point of view and also from the Earth’s point of view. There is general mobilization towards this. There is a gathering sensitivity and sensibility, which I think is due to the participation of the whole of society in the discussion. This is also a time when it makes good business sense to be sustainable, and together with technology and some steps being taken by business, this is a great moment for these discussions.

This is also a time when many economies are challenged, even in Brazil, where we are struggling with the supply of water and energy. As we think about this, we also think how our situation can be linked with the global agenda for the two big events.

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