Sunday, July 1, 2012

‘Rio+20 meet didn’t address major issues’

By Flavia Lanyero, The Monitor - Uganda,June 29 - 2012

The global conference (Rio+20 summit) on sustainable development has ended with countries adopting political declarations to protect the environment.

However, some environment analysts have said the commitments adopted at the event that concluded last week, are not strong enough to deliver the sustainable development agenda that can cope with the environmental, economic and social challenges.

The Programme Manager Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development, Mr Richard Kimbowa, said this week that without financial support, re-affirmations by member states will still fail the goal to achieve sustainable development.

“The principles of re-affirmation were good but the means of implementing remain a problem. We did not see any financial commitment from any country yet this is a back bone to drive these commitments,” Mr Kimbowa said.

“Human rights issues like right to food, right to a better living right to water had no targets or time frame to be achieved. We might be going back to sleep just like we did the first time this meeting was held,” he added.

Sustainable development
The United Nations has defined Sustainable Development as development that meets the needs of the present society without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

In 1992, the first global meeting on sustainable development was held and came up with Agenda 21 that had a comprehensive plan to offer smart measures to reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.

But very few countries have achieved the goal.

Members of the Africa Progress Panel in a press statement after the Rio+20 summit also expressed their disappointment at the failure of the summit, for the second time, to deliver meaningful and measurable commitments to combat climate change and its effects across Africa and in other developing regions

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