Category Archives: Rio+20

Where to From Rio+20?

Twenty years ago, Australian journalist Lenore Taylor was in Rio for the first Earth Summit.  I was nine years old. I knew – and cared – about environmental problems. But I assumed that by the time I was an adult, … Continue reading

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‘Are You Here to Save Face, Or to Save Us?’

In a surprise announcement, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has just appointed Prime Minister Gillard as Co-Chair of a body set up to accelerate progress on the Millenium Development Goals in the two years remaining before the 2015 deadline. But … Continue reading

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Final Text and Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Cross-posted from Crikey.com.au The text of the Rio+20 declaration is finalised. After a marathon negotiating session that extended into the early hours of this morning, countries finally reached agreement on a 53-page document entitled ‘The Future We Want’. With all … Continue reading

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A View From Across The Pond

One-On-One Interview with Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and current head of UNDP At the Rio+Social summit on social media today, I had the pleasure of an interview with Helen Clarke, head of the United Nations Development Program … Continue reading

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Rio+20: Form Guide 101

Why is it called Rio+20?  Twenty years ago, an historic international gathering was held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Heads of State, government delegations and civil society organisations ascended on the Riocentro convention centre to forge a global framework designed … Continue reading

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Coalition Sabotages Australia’s Participation in Rio+20 Summit

Cross-posted from Crikey.com.au ‘The interests of the Australian public need to be a priority,‘ cited the Opposition Whip, Warren Entsch, as the reason for refusing to allow a Parliamentary pair that would allow Minister Burke to fulfil his commitments at … Continue reading

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The Road to Rio

I’m flying over an ocean, in the semi-dark of a plane, in an in-between time zone that feels like 3am for several hours until suddenly the breakfast tray wakes everyone up with a start. I peer over the shoulder of … Continue reading

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