“Rio +20” fails to deliver for the Planet, for Poor People, or for Future Generations

21/06/2012 at 2:02 am 1 comment

Dóchas today expressed disappointment with the draft Outcome Document that will be formally adopted by Heads of State and Governments at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

“The theme for this gigantic UN Summit was ‘The Future We Want’, and many organisations have argued that that future starts with the decisions to be taken here in Rio, during the 3 days of the Summit. But we have to conclude that Governments have largely failed to take ANY decisions”, said Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas, and representing 49 Irish Development NGOs at the summit


The 49-page document, negotiated by representatives of some 190 countries, will be adopted at the end of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, dubbed “Rio +20” as it takes place in the same town where 20 years ago an ambitious agenda for a new, more environmentally and socially durable, model for Development was called for.

“The Outcome Document is extremely disappointing,” said Zomer. “It is hard to find any agreement or vision for the future in the document, and in most paragraphs it is clear that Governments have tried to hide their ‘Agreement to Disagree’ behind long, lofty, and usually meaningless phrases. There is no reference to the fact that current levels of consumption both exceed the planets physical capacity and leave millions of people below a threshold of minimum human dignity.”


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  • 1. R Storey  |  21/06/2012 at 10:42 am

    The absence of international agreement on water ownership and entitlement protocols may prove to be the most immediately serious.


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