Wednesday, 20 June 2012

A common vision agreed at Rio+20?

by Aoife O'Grady 

'Our Common Vision' is the title of the text apparently agreed by all negotiators around the table close to 3am Tuesday morning at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. The (as yet) text is being furiously circulated through the wires and fibres of the Rio Centro conference although it has not yet been adopted in plenary. 

Children and youth NGOs are already expressing their dissatisfaction with a process that they believe has shut them out by protesting at the plenary session with tape over their mouths. A big disappointment for them is the fact that there is no mention in the text of a High Commissioner for Future Generations, something for which they had been lobbying hard.

Meanwhile, the press await an official statement and confirmation that the Brazilians have managed to tame what was an incredibly unruly text up to a few days ago. Expect reactions from countries, NGOs and business to come thick and fast in the coming hours...

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