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IDEA: Disappointment on Rio+20 outcomes

Juliet Duff, Chairperson of Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association(IDEA) took part in the RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. For Juliet, the level of ambition of the outcome document “The Future we want” is too low: The declaration is an agreed wish list with no teeth as the majority of paragraphs begin with ‘we acknowledge, recognize, urge to adopt, express deep concern, commit to assist, are convinced, call for, underscore, stress the importance …etc.’ and there are no clear commitments nor strong implementation strategies.

Juliet also voiced her concerns on the agreements in the texts on public private partnerships (art. 69), the watering down of the right and universal access to food (art. 108), or for not including ecology and human rights in regards to the effects of mining (art. 230).

The feeling Duff felt amid civil society groups was that the health and well-being of humans, communities and nature wasn’t the central issue like it should have been, instead it was the economy which only propagates the old model of business above human and environmental health along with well being. That all told, Duff reported these groups did gain strides in even greater mobilization and networking amongst each other.

Download the Rio+ declaration ‘The Future We Want’ here.

Originally posted on 9 July 2012

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