Thank you for your interest in our blog so far. Rio + 20 is not over; in fact the work is just beginning. It is true that civil society was disappointed with the lack of commitment to concrete actions in the outcome document. There need to be timelines and specific goals addressing issues harming our earth. However the vibrancy of the good practices and planning by NGOs and UN agencies with most member states gives us a lot of areas to work on.
There is a growing concern that the economic model currently not working for the well being of all persons needs to be altered. There needs to be attention to the growing gap between the very wealthy and those living in extreme poverty. At times this fact of the gap is masked by the way in which we measure economic progress. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures only one aspect of economic growth.
Brazil did an amazing job of providing the space at Rio Centro and at the Peoples’ Summit. They helped us with public transportation and tried to rescue the outcome document; but the fact is that the political will to make the changes needed is not yet present. In respect to participation, all stakeholders need not only to be invited to the table, but also their input and experience need to be taken seriously. What civil society will continue to do is to persist, act, and encourage our governments to use the processes proposed in the outcome document.
A great sign of hope was a lengthy meeting of nineteen UN agencies with civil society major groups on Friday morning. Each had concrete plans to implement the total Rio experience immediately upon returning. We are with you!
As we continue the blog, we would like to hear your plans to implement sustainable development measures. Voluntary commitments can be registered at http://www.uncsd2012.org/c ommit .
We especially thank the Sisters at Colégio Notre Dame in Ipanema for their wonderful hospitality!
Filed under: Uncategorized