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Will Rio+20 be a Waste?

May 15, 2012

I sure hope not, but a poll shows a majority of experts think Rio+20 will be a wasted opportunity.

According to a major international poll of sustainable development experts, a majority of opinion leaders surveyed (57%) view the Rio+20 United Nations Summit scheduled for June 20-22, 2012 as a critical opportunity to make progress on sustainability leadership, but very few (13%) think it will succeed.

As part of The Regeneration Project, the GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey polled 642 experts in sustainability from business, NGOs, academia and government in 77 countries. It found that most do not see a clear agenda for the summit (20%), and are not confident that key influencers and decision-makers will attend (35%). Although experts agree that the green economy and the institutional framework for sustainable development are the right themes for the summit, few experts believe that the conference will succeed in making significant progress in the transition to sustainable development.

From here.

Heck, if it’s any indication, Brazil just recently passed a very controversial law allowing considerably more deforestation in the Amazon.  Not good.


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