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Posted on on June 7th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (

RIO+20 got the money for the upcoming conference in order to look at what was achieved and what is yet to be achieved from those items codified in AGENDA 21, and within the guidelines of the 1992 Rio Principles. The money was not given to the organizers of the 2012 Conference in order to re-invent the wheel. Also, that Algerian diplomat who abused the chair in Working Group II last month, by sitting there and putting brackets around the word SUSTAINABLE when it was written in front of DEVELOPMENT – was demonstrating that he was still in the mid 1970s – that is the RIO-20 period or the STONE AGE of DEVELOPMENT.  We hope thus that countries like Bangladesh, Mexico, Brazil, and the smaller States of the SIDS, will eventually walk out from those G-77 and create a progressive G that knows what is needed and will insist at the effort to get it!

Power to those that understand what they demand!


Pacific Civil Society Releases Rio+20 Statement: The Future We Demand!

Pacific civil society organizations have released an urgent appeal to UN Member States attending the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012. “The Future We Demand” is signed by local, national and regional organizations, networks and allies, including the Pacific Network on Globalization, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, the Pacific Conference of Churches, and Development Alternatives for Women with Women for a New Era (DAWN).

The statement calls for strong political leadership, and urgent action towards real and transformative solutions. It reaffirms the Rio Principles and Agenda 21, and highlights the fragility and resilience of Pacific Island States, and makes a strong call for results at Rio: “The future that the peoples of the Pacific demand in solidarity with others around the world, is one of social justice and human rights for all, and a recognition of the need to balance the three pillars of sustainable development – environmental, social and economic sustainability.”

Click here to read the Pacific statement.

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