Rio de Janeiro (ANTARA News) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has appealed to all countries to apply green economic policies together.

The President made the appeal at a panel discussion held on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20 in Riocentro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday.

"We must switch from `greedy` economic to green economy. This is something that we need to develop in our homes, our schools, and our workplace. If citizens of the world commit themselves to change their lifestyle, then global sustainability will no longer be a mere vision but a reality," he said.

It is necessary for the global citizens to change their lifestyle as many people have become victim of their own success, he said.

The President also mentioned how the world is hit by excessive consumerism and greed.

"Now is the time for us to redefine modernity, development, and welfare. We also need to change the attitude of excessive consumption and consumerism," he said.

On the occasion, the President also warned that the world is experiencing a critical period in the lead up to the deadline for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and the expiry of Kyoto Protocol. Therefore, it is important for citizens of the world to strengthen the commitment to sustain a global vision to ensure a sustainable future.

"Our challenge is how to ensure that the global economic problems will not divert our attention away from the target (of sustainable development) and climate change," he said.

He underscored the importance of common responsibilities to secure the future of the climate.

"Developed countries should take the lead, but developing countries must also do more," he said.

He also reminded the world community of the need to establish greater collaboration rather than to get involved in confrontation. Even better argument is needed to keep big issues, but in the end all parties must work together. (*)

Editor: Kunto Wibisono
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