"Globalisation can only benefit the world if powerful
international environmental governance sets it on a path of
sustainability," the president said.
Solyom said the participation of the Croatian, Greek and
Austrian presidents in the forum was a reflection of the fact that
many European heads of state are ready to express their commitment
to protecting the environment so they can rightly be called "Green
Solyom said that governments needed to take very concrete
measures to resolve the conflict between economic growth and the
current needs of society on the one hand and the needs of future
generations on the other.
The president said the World Science Forum was an excellent
opportunity for science and politics to question one another.
But while there is no shortage of policies, programmes and
agreements based on scientific predictions — and that the public
already considers climate change to be an issue that demands
attention — politics alone simply does not have the power to combat
The European Union, he said, can only maintain the credibility
of its plans in the Third World if it demonstrates its ability to
assist its new members in rapid economic development and improving