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Can Engaged Global Citizens Foster Earth-Friendly Diplomacy?

I was encouraged by your blog post citing Ilan Safit’s thoughts on ecological citizenship as a precursor to planetary progress and at the same time want to respond to the suggestion that in Rio, the U.N. may have sacrificed its potential in shaping big ideas at the altar of practicalities and mechanical processes, important as they were. There are three points to make here. First, the “mechanical” processes around Rio+20 were very important and produced a result. While the level of ambition could and should have been higher, we now have an agreement between 193 nations that sets an agreed baseline for sustainable development from which we can build. Second, the intensely negotiated Rio+20 outcome document is not the only Rio+20 outcome. What happened outside the negotiation room has potentially changed the nature of U.N. summitry, largely by redefining the plurality of act...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/can-engaged-...

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