23 Jun '12, 4am

Rio+20’s ‘Look at the Bright Side’ Phase Doesn't Hide the Process Needs Re-Thinking

Rio+20’s ‘Look at the Bright Side’ Phase Doesn't Hide the Process Needs Re-Thinking

After every failed UN conference there are the typical five stages of loss and grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and, lastly, acceptance. This last one comes accompanied by good hope for next event. Hope George Monbiot described as , “The rope from which we all hang.” And so, NGOs and media and governments go out and try to figure out what was the progress achieved, if any, and establish the general belief that any progress is less than no progress at all. The points chosen to focus on as positive outcomes at Rio+20 were mainly two: the commitments made by individual countries and the expression of desire to set a group of Sustainable Development Goals. Even this felt tired this afternoon, when six representatives from NGOs and one from the corporate community offered a press conference with the usual criticism, positive comments, and mandatory pointing to “the...

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