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Rio+20 … what was achieved?. Rania Masri June 27, 2012. Objective: defining a sustainable development pathway that leads to a future in which the whole global population can enjoy a decent standard of living while preserving our ecosystems and natural resources” ….

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Rio 20 what was achieved

Rio+20 … what was achieved?

Rania Masri

June 27, 2012


Rio 20 what was achieved

Objective: defining a sustainable development pathway that leads to a future in which the whole global population can enjoy a decent standard of living while preserving our ecosystems and natural resources”

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“(The) final document... contributes almost nothing to our struggle to survive as a species. We now face a future of increasing natural disasters.”

- Nicaraguan representative Miguel d'EscotoBrockmann.


What is missing context

What is missing?: context

Silent about “nature, [and the] origins and evolution of the global economic and financial crisis that is wreaking havoc in the world today” and undermining sustainability

– Professor Nadal, Centre for Economic Studies in Mexico


Who is missing

Who is Missing?

the poor and indigenous communities


Declaration of kari oca

Declaration of Kari-Oca

“We see the goals of UNCSD Rio+20, the ‘Green Economy’ and its premise that the world can only ‘save’ nature by commodifying its life-giving capacities as a continuation of the colonialism that Indigenous Peoples and our Mother Earth have faced and resisted for 520 years.”


Who is happy

Who is happy?

  • Governments avoiding commitments

  • Hundreds of large corporations represented at Rio

    And

  • UNEP

    • Economics of Ecosystem Services

    • Green Economy


Rio 20 what was achieved

This photo, of a sticker produced by Global Justice Ecology Project and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, went around the world on various media outlets. Photo: REUTERS/UesleiMarcelino.


What about those side events

What about those side events?

“These [industry] events are not side events, these are the main events.”

Ambassador Donald Steinberg of USAID underscoring the importance of industry meetings at Rio


Side events known thus far

Side events (known thus far)

  • Consumer Goods Forum, a global industry group of 650 corporations with combined sales of over US$3 trillion, which, in partnership with the US, pledged to achieve zero net deforestation in its supply chains by 2020.

  • Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SEFA), co-chaired by Chad Holliday of the Bank of America. Approaching $50 billion in commitments, with 50 countries having signed on, Holliday called SEFA “the greatest public-private partnership of all.”

  • Director General of IUCN explained that the way to protect nature is to “harness the capacity of the markets through [strategies like] payment for biodiversity and ecosystem services,” and noted that “we conservation organizations sit very well together with corporations”.

  • Avoided Deforestation Partners, an international network of “leaders in forest carbon policy and project implementation, science, finance, and conservation,” held numerous events to promote market-based efforts to halt tropical deforestation.

  • $175 billion in new loans pledged by eight multilateral development banks for transportation projects that reduce urban congestion and cut energy use and air pollution. Launched in Rio, the project was led by a partnership between the Asian Development Bank and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.


Where to go from here

Where to go from here?

  • If Earth, then sustainability is base

  • If Livelihoods, then new economy is the base

  • If Governance, then accountability

    • Willful blindness

    • Intergenerational crime

    • Ecocide

  • Fundamentally: we are animals


Rio 20 what was achieved

What follow are some pictures shown during the Q&A


Rio 20 what was achieved

On June 16, protesters stormed the construction site of the Belo Monte Dam. They dug a channel through the earth coffer dam, chanting ‘Free the Xingu.’


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