Rio+20 Lack of Progress Frustrates Civil Society

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Lack of Energy/Ideas! - Also see Below Link as to how you can contribute/change with click or link. “We are utterly frustrated and disappointed that there is not much energy being brought into this process by governments, I’m sad to say, and you can actually feel and see that lack of energy in the very slow process, very painfully slow process of negotiations that we have seen in the pasty weeks,” according to Neth Dano, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group). Civili society/NGOs are frustrated by the lack of progress and this weekend the United Nations announced an extension of time for the negotiations to continue and reach conclusion.


Part of the frustration may be efforts to obfuscate issues if not outright frustrate by big interests and governments. And/or it could also be the nature of protocol, negotiations and the diplomatic debate process. Either way, part of the success of Rio+20 will be judged not only on what is actually on paper but how it is projected and with clarity and resonance. (Dano also offered that on the agricultural front, a lot of concrete proposals on how to improve farmers and NGO participation in the decision making process will be lost in the “jungle” of paragraphs of documentation). The UN has been encouraging greater involvement at least in image of civil society from even before this year and the recent negotiations on a Rio+20 Final Document - See our Film Online Video – “Rio+20 Your Future”-


Jouni Nissenen, Finnish association for nature conservation, Finland, offered the following encouragement as well as observation:“The negotiations are difficult and slow, but we still believe that to win these difficulties in the negotiations and to help the world to a better tomorrow, financially, socially and environmentally the governments have to work together to overcome this lack of trust that is now prevailing in this negotiations. Because of the financial crisis everybody, all the governments are pulling back, but we just think that that is not the way to do it. Cooperation requires exactly the opposite, when things are bad we have to work together.” See our Blog for Film Report – “You Affecting Outcome of Rio+20”


The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), “Rio+20,” will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. World political leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will presumably conclude negotiations on a final document with clear steps to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection. Also See Blog for Film “Environment Emergencies Ahead of Rio+20” 


Therather unsatisfactory results of the talks on climate change in Durban, South Africa end of 2011 make Rio+20 even more critical for both substantive results and the overall advancement of multilateralism as the essential means to work together. See our Blog for Video“Durban Climate Talks: Failure or Success?”


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"Voice of the Global Citizen"- Diplomatically Incorrect ( provide film and written reports on issues reflecting diplomatic discourse and the global citizen. Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey (@MuhamedSacirbey) is former Foreign Minister Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina at the United Nations. "Mo" is also signatory of the Rome Conference/Treaty establishing the International…

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