Rio+20 2012 on 20-22June The world’s leaders desire to tackle the problems of the new millennium, expressed during the Rio de Janeiro Convention twenty years ago was followed by the UN’s 1992 Earth Summit and its decision to place the protection of the planet on the world’s priority list. Their ‘Agenda 21’ plan aimed in sustaining nature, climate change, species loss, and has led to the creation by the UN of relevant protection mechanisms.Ever since, the Leaders continue to gather in Rio every year but the world is getting worse and the planet is suffering today more than ever before.
Poverty is expanding rapidly in countries that are considered as ‘rising economies’, while the world’s financial frustration is badly affecting aspirations for a green growth. On one hand Governments are struggling to tackle the existing crisis in their countries, while on the other hand they are supposed to work out a plan for the future of the earth. By definition, this looks often contradictory. This year’s summit, Rio+20 2012, will host more than 115 leaders, who will have meetings with thousand of activists, as well as business executives and policymakers. It is a fact, according to Francois Hollande, that all countries (developed, emerging, under development and the poor ones), prioritize on their internal problems, which does not encourage the reach of a common basis-agreement. The economic crisis, as well as, the Syria conflict, unfortunately leave the environment concerns the second position. Many people involved in the ‘green movement’ fear that Rio+20 will be a new failure that will not guarantee a better future for the planet for the next 20 years. The three rounds of the “informal” negotiations on the summit communique document, discussed during an emergency session in New York from May 29 to June 2, are hardly optimistic for the future environmental challenges and the achievement of fundamental changes to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, when these objectives expire in 2015. Policy makers fear that ‘the final agreement will be poor and meaningless, that the environmental problems will never be efficiently addressed, while poverty will expand to affect also many rich countries too and, unless there is apolitical will, the situation on the planet will still have no hope’. Rio+20 2012, 20-22 June.