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

Below are the 10 topics of the Sustainable Development Dialogues, or Rio+20 Dialogues, each containing 10 suggestions that had most push from the over 10,000 people that participated..

We suggest to our readers to go to     –      –      in order to vote on three out of each of these ten listing that each contains ten proposals.  WHAT YOU GET IS THUS A TOTAL OF 3X10 or 30 recommendations that will be put up for discussion at the rio Conference by the panels of Heads of State.

You may vote there for as many recommendations as you wish and in as many topics as you wish. There is no minimum and no maximum – what I said above is in effect what will be the final output of this exercise – and please remember – this exercise may indeed become the main output of the Conference if the differences by the country-delegates persist.

When you are done there you submit your votes at the bottom of the page at that website!



When asking about your vote at…   – besides the request of Submit Your Votes, there is also:

Please tell us a little about yourself. Your votes will remain anonymous, but this basic demographic data will provide context for the participants of the Rio+20 Dialogues.

This information will only be used for analytical purposes.

We received above from UNDP and had no problem opening it and voting – anybody can open the link and vote.

But, though I was able to register for the original dialogue platforms, when trying to communicate with the platform, instead of letting me in – I found that I was blocked by a request to re-register which then turned out to be impossible because my e-mail address was already registered. This left me out of the ongoing process and probably gave advantage to insiders that were savvy in respect to knowledge how to breach the system.

The resulting lists of proposals for the recommendations turned out quite disappointing – as they reflect interests of insiders in the UN Major Group process that come from certain industrial and business interests, or in-house NGOs, while leaving out the truly innovative thinkers that do not tend to come to UN events under the umbrella of above mentioned grouped interests.
The result of this Brazilian innovation will thus be less of a revolution inside the UN, then it had the potential to become.
Nevertheless, we applaud the fact that for the first time the High Level panels will have an alternative brought before them to the purely UN process-based document. We see in this a first and hope this method will be improved so in the future there will be a truly open process – e-mail address based – that will be direct as well in the list of suggestions-preparation stage.
With further thought we will get back to above comments. As of now, I just want to say that I did my own voting after having posted this and realized that the points we wanted to make about Sustainability being the bridge to Future Generations was totally missing as the emphasis of these choices is to the here and now.
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