RIO+20 conference, politicians neglect environment


This video says about itself:

Women’s organizations and peasant movements in Brazil marched against the “commercialization of nature” and to defend women’s rights. They are saying that industrialised countries seek to impose their interests in the United Nations Conference on EnvironmentRio +20“.

From BirdLife:

Civil Society influence on RIO+20 minimal as Governments fail to listen

Thu, Jun 21, 2012

It was by far the most punchy statement. As the representative of the NGOs for the major groups spoke at the opening plenary of the high level session of the Rio Conference there was much applause from audience outside watching the event on huge screens. They heard the call or countries not to lose the great opportunity in front of them: “don’t waste your power! Instead of attending to the narrow interests of individual governments, leaders should be inspired to change the world”

After all, what will the world leaders be doing in Rio for the next three days if the text is already closed for negotiation? This was the question circulating among us all at ’Rio Centro’. The text, finalised by the Brazil Government, was accepted by negotiators earlier this week. It is weak and does not bring new significant commitments.

Yes, it is true that for the first time SDGs and green economy are tackled in a global document. But the evidence of a global system failure is there. The need for a radical change is there. “The text is out of touch with reality,” affirms the NGOs representative.

Those involved in the UN-lead process are trying to persuade the NGOs and wider public that Rio+20 is a progress and that never in the history of the UN has civil society been so closely involved and influenced the discussions. That may be true in their eyes – with the exception of the word ‘Inflluencing’. The Dialogue Days were an example of wide participation as well as events on the road to Rio where individuals could contribute with suggested text. But how much is simply paying lip service? The evidence is clear. It has fallen on the deaf ears of governments.

Read the NGO statement.

See webcast of speech.

Commitment of missing Head of States to RIO+20 questioned: here.

An international group of scientists—from the US, Spain, Finland, Chile, and Canada—published a review article in the June 7 issue of Nature, arguing that the human impact on the Earth’s biosphere could lead to an ecological disaster in as little as a few generations. The article’s release comes in the run-up to a United Nations summit on June 20: here.

Everyone leaves Rio environmental summit ‘unhappy’: here.

As the 50,000 participants travel home after ten days of discussing The Future We Want, the outcome document from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), it’s time to reflect on the substance of what was agreed: here.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which drew to a close in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last Friday, has been denounced by environmental advocates as a “hoax” and “an epic failure”: here.

UN summit subordinates environment and development to corporate interests: here.

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