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Rio+20: Is the approach right?

19.04.2012  |  18:59

For those who read the communications and papers coming out of the UNO and the organisms gearing up for what should be the most important meeting the Planet has experienced in its history - the meeting which will determine, ultimately, the very survival of Humankind on Earth, it becomes increasingly clear that yet again, we are barking up the wrong tree.

For those who read the communications and papers coming out of the UNO and the organisms gearing up for what should be the most important meeting the Planet has experienced in its history - the meeting which will determine, ultimately, the very survival of Humankind on Earth, it becomes increasingly clear that yet again, we are barking up the wrong tree. Remember Rio 92? Remember "The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Rio Summit, Rio Conference, Earth Summit, Eco '92, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 3 to 14, 1992? We are still bickering about the conditions of the Kyoto Protocol, which was one of the two most tangible results of that Summit and the other one - not encroaching on the lands of indigenous peoples, has been flouted time and time again. In Brazil, even. So after twenty years of Summits, meetings, lunches and dinners, speeches, cocktails, free flights and hotel stays, cultural events, gifts, fine wines and good food, more speeches, social programmes for spouses and the like, where are we, apart from twenty years later? The answer: Twenty years later. The focus today in the run-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, to be held in Rio de Janeiro between June 20 to 22, is on the business community making a science-based approach to sustainable development viable. Nassir Abdulaziz al.Nasser, the President of the UN General Assembly, issued the following statement yesterday at the Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature: "I believe that future work on this new paradigm should be supported by a globally recognized and coherent science base that is capable of creating a strong science-policy interface for sustainable development". Nice idea but this is based upon what? Why, the business community of course, the same business community whose recent contribution to sustainable development was the FUKUS-Axis onslaught against the people of Libya,

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a country which was destroyed, along with its electricity grid and water supply, and the factory which produced the pipes to repair it, plus Colonel Gaddafi's humanitarian programmes for sustainable development which included several Pan-African projects which were already benefiting tens of millions of people. This is the same business community, let us remember, which has virtually turned the other way and ignored the fifteen million people in desperate need of help in the Sahel region, living a humanitarian crisis exacerbated to a great extent by the FUKUS Axis murderous imperialist escapade in Libya. While the 12-point agenda for Rio looks good and includes issues such as Trade and Green Economy; Institutional Frameworks for Sustainable Development; Sustainable Cities; Development Goals and Indicators; Green Jobs and Social Inclusion; Reducing Disaster Risk; Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture; Water and Science and Technology for Sustainable Development - noble ideals and goals - focusing on the business community to fund scientific projects at a time when the same community has provided us with the global financial crisis through their own policies of mismanagement and corporate greed, and when this community uses this as an excuse to slash funding, would seem misguided. Surely the focus should be on the sustainable production of food which runs by a clear food labelling program so that we can see what we are eating and avoid Transgenic Foodstuffs if we choose, it should include an independent and deep investigation into the workings of Monsanto and the entire issue of Transgenics, it should be about delivery rather than discussion in a world where the key word is development and not self-interest and deployment of troops. In a world in which countries like the FUKUS-Axis (France, UK, US and Israel) can basically do what they please, bomb a country, murder civilians in their homes, remove a government and arm terrorists to run amok to carry out their dirty work, in a world in which these same countries leave vast swathes of territory virtually poisoned with Depleted Uranium, causing the death for example of up to half a million Iraqi children, what is the point of holding Summits on the environment?  If the monsters and demons which run these countries and control their governments do not even have an iota of respect for human life, is it not a little naïve to expect them to care about trees? The root of the problem is clear to see and until there is a fundamental change in the way Humankind conducts itself globally - and I mean regulating global criminals such as the FUKUS-Axis and their demonic corporations - then Summits and Conferences are, let us call a spade a spade, no more than piss and wind. Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey Pravda.Ru  .



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