Earlier this week, Madagascar’s transition president, Andry Rajoelina, took off for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to attend the UN conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) taking place from June 20 to 22.
The Rio+20 Conference is a milestone as a 20 year follow-up to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). Thousands of participants from governments, NGOs, the private sector and other groups, convened at Rio+20 to find solutions to how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity, and ensure our environment’s protection on an increasingly crowded planet to bring us towards the future we want.
While Rajoelina did not hold a press briefing before his departure, Prime Minister Beriziky Omer emphasizes the importance of having Madagascar represented in the comity of Nations. “Everything is a priority when it comes to the interests of Madagascar. We cannot isolate ourselves from the rest of the international community […] The participation of the President of the Transition in the conference is a signal about the importance we attach to development and the environment.”
With a personal visit to Rio+20, Rajoelina tends to the needs of Madagascar, and equally demonstrates his awareness towards global concerns.