Friday, June 22, 2012

UN Envoy plan sustainability goals without effect in the draft

Friday, June 22, 2012
Delegates from 190 Nations the finishing touches on a draft text early in the morning, the addresses cuts according fossil subsidies, support for the use of renewable energy and measures for the protection of the oceans, to UN diplomats and Brazil Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota during the negotiations in Rio de Janeiro. Measures should world leaders on May 22.
The discussion more than a year's work of 20th anniversary which started the first Summit of the Earth, where the UN bring talks to a standstill, global warming and the diversity of plants and animals to protect Cap. The year's session dubbed Rio + 20 includes 50,000 government officials, executives and analysts and is designed to act on setting an agenda for policymakers in the coming decades. It will have no power as a contract.

"The text is a nice signal, but you could drive a truck through all loopholes", said Jake Schmidt, Director of international climate policy at the natural resources Defense Council, a New Yorker, before completed the text was environmental group. "All the tangible results have been weakened or removed."
The delegates of objective, the document set the final terms of the text with the title "The future we want" before 130 world leaders come June 20 that leaders must agree before it is final.

'Finish line'

"We have tried the concerns and suggestions made by participants, including last-minute negotiations on the outstanding issues, to take maximum", said Brazil Patriota in a statement.

The agreement is on the press the balance between countries such as 27 members of the European Union, to design, that want the "green economy" including renewable energy and energy efficiency measures and poorer nations whose priority is lifting people out of poverty, instead of pursuing expensive clean technologies.
"To ensure a transition to a green economy enormous costs for developing countries", said Quamrul Chowdhury, Ambassador from Bangladesh, negotiated for the funding of the G77 group of developing countries. "Those who bear the cost?" "If countries such as Bangladesh to invest in a green economy, means that we have programs to combat poverty reduce."

'Weak words'

WWF, an environmental group, said the draft agreement was full of "weak words" such as "promote" and "promote", rather than those such as demanding "Will" and "must". The Group protect the tally 514 weak words to 10 strong before the text was finalized.

Such as the commitment to the protection of the oceans were tinkering with minor wording delegates late into the night, said Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, the climate negotiator for Brazil, who coordinated the negotiations.
Participants spread over Rio in hotels and an airport-sized Convention Center in the West of the city discuss carbon not with fossil fuels as a guarantee of arsenic from the mining related emissions contaminate water supplies.

You are working on plans to map the "sustainable development" targets, although just what would be negotiated in the next few years leave these objectives for future sessions, is.
Environmental groups want to offer the UN of concrete steps, in particular about the shift away from oil and gas.

"Our energy system broken, said Pascoe Sabido, energy consultant for friends of the Earth."It is not for the billions without electricity work or clean cooking facilities. "If the UN on providing sustainable energy for all are serious, she must listen to the people, locks you not the poor in a new generation of dirty energy."
Copyright 2012 Bloomberg.

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