Brazil teases wish list for Rio+20

Christ the Redeemer is one of the famous landmarks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by: Mike Vondran / CC BY

Amid criticism of its credentials as host of an upcoming major U.N. conference, Brazil has identified the issues it hopes to see on the final outcome document to be adopted at the end of the event.

The U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development should define “what we want in terms of a green economy,” said Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, head of Brazil’s National Commission for Rio+20, according to IPS News. He added that he hopes the conference will produce a set of sustainable goals.

Figueiredo also expressed support for the proposal to strengthen the U.N. Environmental Program — as opposed to creating a new environmental agency.

Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira outlined other expected results, including a “business platform that will engage in a commitment to the green economy.” Further, she stressed that the conference should conclude with “an obligation for everyone” to fulfill commitments on sustainable consumption and production.

Brazil has recently been under fire from local environmental groups that said the country is lacking leadership over negotiations in the run up to the conference, which will be held June 21-22 in Rio de Janeiro. Some environmentalists also raised concerns over the lack of concrete proposals so far in negotiations for the conference’s outcome document.

“It is hard to envisage that the conference could succeed, because there are in fact no concrete proposals in the official document to generate commitment,” Adriana Ramos of the Socio-Environmental Institute said.

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