13 Jun '12, 1pm

What to Expect from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20

There’s a mixture of excitement and lack of actual expectations around the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development , Rio+20 , which will officially be held from June 20 to 22 in Rio de Janeiro, but which will be surrounded by a series of events around the city that kicked off the first days of this month with the World Environmental Day celebrations. Such events and active participation from civil society are part of the “excitement” part: unlike the first Earth Summit in 1992, Rio+20 has actively encouraged the participation of city governments, NGOs, the private sector and everyone who wanted in on the discussion. A step bound to have the many people that are flooding Rio talking about the event, regardless if there are any results or not. Which brings us to the “lack of expectations” part: negotiations are seriously slow and organizers have not been shy in ...

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