Rio+20

31 July, 2012 Post Rio+20 reflections and next steps

“The UN system is not a nimble machine. It takes time for the engines to warm up, for the cogs to start turning and for the direction of travel to be agreed on. Even when you can detect signs of movement, you can be sure that there will be another period required for tweaking, rewiring and realigning different parts of the machine before it can inch forward.”

- Emily Benson, The Green Economy Coalition


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 22 June 2012 - What Happens on Monday?

As we all know, this meeting in Rio is not the end, but a beginning of the next stage on our journey to deliver on sustainable development - Sue Riddlestone and Freya Seath BioRegional

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21 June 2012 - Leadership

We urge world leaders to re-open the negotiations to raise the ambition level. We did not elect you to come here, make a political statement and then head to Copacabana beach... We live in a globalised world where your actions affect all of us. You have to provide us with a future we can believe in. Nick Meynen ANPED, Northern Alliance for Sustainability

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 20 June 2012 - Private Sector

 What we ultimately want to see is a process that leads to greater accountability and better corporate practices, not as an option but as a must - Jeannet Lingan, Stakeholder Forum

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 19 June 2012 - Water and Energy

 Oceans give us oxygen, food and jobs: if we want to save them for future generations, we need the US government to stop hindering progress and deliver an oceans rescue plan here in Rio - Sofia Tsenikli, Greenpeace

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 18 June 2012 - Food and Agriculture

Will the consolidated text proposed by the Brazilians make any difference to... the estimated 1 billion people around the world who are poorly nourished? It is certainly a tall order, and a single text, no matter how ambitious, would struggle. But judging by the state of the text so far, signs are strong that it can provide a decent framework for action. - Daniel Hale, Progressio

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 17 June 2012 - Forests

 To achieve true sustainable development, and ensure our right to life is truly protected, we need to outlaw destructive business practices and create a law that opens the floodgates to green, clean, and life-enhancing business - Sarah Cunningham, Eradicating Ecocide

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 16 June 2012 - Major Groups

Major Groups have definitely enriched the multilateral process. Is this enrichment consequential? Sometimes the multilateral process will embrace major group ideas, but sometimes not. That is the crux of the problem. - Vicki-Ann Assevero, Independent Scholar and the Green Impresario

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 15 June 2012 - Green Economy

How are we going to pay for the transition to a greener economy? Where is the money coming from? - Emily Benson, Green Economy Coalition

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 14 June 2012 - Sustainable Development Goals

 SDGs will ultimately be unsuccessful if they fail to challenge the status quo in which the benefits from economic development remain accumulated in the hands of the few. - Paul Quintos, IBON International

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 13 June 2012 - IFSD

"The future we want lies in our hands and hangs on our decisions – let us work to make the legacy of Rio something we all can be proud of." - Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum

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