High hopes, low expectations « Afronline – The Voice Of Africa. In 1992 a 13 year old girl asked world leaders attending the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit to stop breaking the planet, if they weren’t able to fix it.
Twenty years later leaders gather again in Rio to discuss measures to make our world more sustainable, but sadly there has been too much breaking and too little fixing in the meantime. We have seen shy attempts by politicians to mend things, to address global challenges like poverty and climate change together. But our carbon-driven global economy has marched on in the meantime, increasing material well-being for some, but also fuelling economical, environmental and social inequalities.
Climate change, which poses huge challenges to some of the world’s poorest communities experiencing increasingly extreme weather, is an obvious example. The exploitation of natural resources, which leaves the people of some of the world’s most resource-rich countries dirt poor, is another one. EU positions on Rio+20. Additional tools Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development "Rio+20", the UN conference on sustainable development, was held in June 2012.
The conference aimed to secure renewed global political commitment for Sustainable Development. Rio+20 assessed progress made since Rio 1992 and Johannesburg 2002, and addressed implementation gaps and emerging challenges. Rio+20 achieved advances in a number of areas: It recognised that the inclusive green economy is an important instrument towards achieving sustainable development. Return to Rio: Second chance for the planet. Twenty years ago, when the world's leaders pledged to protect Earth's climate and biodiversity at the Rio Earth Summit, they knew it would not be easy.
But few could have guessed how much worse the situation would get. In 1992, the atmosphere held fewer than 360 parts per million (p.p.m.) of carbon dioxide; the concentration is now nearing 400 p.p.m. and surging upwards. At the same time, species are disappearing at an accelerating rate. Despite agreed environmental goals, world still on unsustainable path – UN. The United Nations environment agency today warned that the world “continues to speed down” an unsustainable path in spite of hundreds of internationally agreed goals to protect the planet, and stressed that drastic actions and big-scale measures are needed to reverse this pattern.
“If current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources prevail and cannot be reversed and ‘decoupled,’ then governments will preside over unprecedented levels of damage and degradation,” said the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner. RIO+20: Sticky issues and hope. The Rio+20 conference is being billed as the largest UN conference ever to be held RIO DE JANEIRO, 14 June 2012 (IRIN) - “The pace is too slow” and “there is a lack of urgency”, grumbled a negotiator as preparatory talks on the final political outcome document limped back into motion on 13 June at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“We have just a week to go before the conference starts officially [on 20 June],” said Sha Zukang, UN under-secretary-general for economic and social affairs, and secretary-general of Rio+20. Officials, NGOs and members of other lobby groups have three days in which to work out their differences before heads of state make a final decision on accepting the document. Before the last round of talks in New York, in the first week of June 2012, only 6 percent of the text had been agreed upon. Senior officials have been talking about “concrete decisions” and the need to come up with a “binding agreement”. 1.
Rio+20 - a Call to Responsibility, a Call to Action. BARCELONA, Jun 1, 2012 (IPS) - We are all going through a period of great confusion and uncertainty. On the one hand, part of the world is dramatically affected by the consequences of governments’ total submission to the financial markets. These markets, supposedly anonymous, are not subject to any kind of control, due to the deregulating policies of the last decades. They have even overthrown democratically elected governments and substituted them with "technocratic" ones. On the other hand, the speculative nature of a great part of these markets is harshly affecting the price of commodities, including food, thus pushing millions more people to hunger and malnutrition.
EESC Opinion: The EESC position on the preparation of the United Nations Conference (additional opinion) Felix Dodds: Slides on Rio+20. Bringing Rio+20 Closer. Rio+20 can make a difference. The global summit in June presents a rare and timely opportunity to unite world leaders and secure a global commitment to sustainable development – we cannot afford to waste it Anyone remember the 2005 UN climate talk in Montreal?
It ended late as usual after an all-night negotiating session and rumours of collapse. In the departure lounge on the way home, I watched a bleary-eyed NGO representative declare on TV: "Today we saved the world. " We did not. Even those who had not been there knew that. It's time to talk it up. Global summits do not in themselves deliver success. So why do they matter? There are three key lessons here First, global summits don't make big promises unless civil society demands it. The last Rio summit in 1992 is a classic example. Now we're on life support. "Business-as-usual" won’t do at Rio+20 summit. “You can start to deliver sustainable development today or face the anger and disappointment of millions of citizens in the years and generations to come.”
Rubens Born Forum of Brazilian NGOs and Social Movements for Environment and Development Published: 4 May 2012 Leading civil society groups unite in warning following latest negotiations. Q&A: Earth Summit Deadlocked Until Eleventh Hour. Deadlock over Rio+20 action plan fuels NGO scepticism about summit's payoff. After two weeks of closed-door negotiations, the UN preparatory committee PrepCom has failed to reach consensus on a global plan of action, entitled The Future We Want, to be adopted at the Rio+20 summit meeting of world leaders in Brazil next month.
The negotiators, comprising representatives of all 193 member states, had limited success beyond reducing the size of the action plan, or "outcome document", from nearly 200 to fewer than 100 pages. The document, called the "zero draft", originally ran to more than 6,000 pages of submissions by member states, international organisations and civil society groups. Join the global youth mobilization! Ban Ki-moon on "The Future We Want" The Road to Rio™ Earth Day Network works with partners on the U.S. and international stage, engaging in global policy initiatives to enhance environmental awareness and accelerate the green economy.
Rio+20 – A Time To Move Forward. 08/05/2012 at 6:49 am Guest blog by Deirdre Carolan In our world over one billion people live in extreme poverty.
One sixth of the population is undernourished. The frequency and scale of weather related disasters is increasing. Our natural resources are being pushed to their limits. We have flaws, fundamental flaws in our world. This June presents an opportunity to address this. What is “Rio+20”? - Rio+20 The Future We Want. "Rio+20" is the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 – twenty years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet. The official discussions focussed on two main themes: how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development.
AT Rio+20, more than $513 billion was pledged to build a sustainable future. It signaled a major step forward in achieving the future we want. Rio+20 should prioritise sustainable agriculture, says Caroline Spelman. Sustainable agriculture should be the UK's key objective for Rio+20, according to the UK secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, Caroline Spelman, who will be attending next month's UN conference on sustainable development with the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.
"Everywhere in the world, wherever farmers farm, should be put on a sustainable footing," she told a Faith in Rio debate in London on Wednesday, organised by the NGOs Cafod, Christian Aid, Tearfund and Progressio. "Just imagine if we could move farmers from subsistence to sustainability," she added, citing some farmers' inability to store produce and water as an example of where low-key technology could make a real difference in developing countries. Earth Summit 2012.