When the shit hits the fan, youth step in to save the day


Remember me? Put me back in the text damnit!

Youth and children have one amazing advantage. What they lack in funds, they make up in numbers and perseverence. When the Brazilians took over the preparatory negotiations in the lead-up to the High Level conference of Rio+20, they omitted the mention of the High Commissioner for Future Generations in their compromise text, much to the dismay of the youth, who have been advocating this issue for a long time now. You can read the facts here (and in my previous post), and notice that youth are lobbying, protesting in the hallways and organizing various actions throughout the conference halls. Somewhat juicier is the ‘Press Release‘ Sébastien released yesterday. The wittier the prettier I say. We need more of this to dispel the dreary boredom dominating the Rio Centro!

Brasil acted decisively to delete constructive proposals guaranteeing long-term viability of the status quo.

(Rio, 18 June 2012) Thanks to the leadership of Brasil, the United Nations have moved one step closer to guaranteeing the status quo and ensuring the sustainability of the discussions today. As the host of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Discussions, Brazil played a crucial role in ensuring that previous proposals threatening the long-term sustainability of the discussions were deleted from the draft Rio declaration. “While some proposals discussed until now threatened to constitute a breakthrough and offer concrete solutions, our government has been decisive in ensuring that those are replace with a language respecting the sustainability of our discussions”, announced Dalmi Sourreff, president of the Brasil.

On Saturday, Brasil decided to remove the proposal to create a UN ombudsperson for future generations, a forward-looking institution which could have protected the interests of the generations to come. Instead, the new document proposes to invite the highest official of the United Nations to work on a new report.

“We congratulate Brasil for their decisive intervention in the negotiations. We are confident that the proposal to invite the Secretary General to prepare a umpteenth report highlighting what we already all know will do little to address the challenges at hand and therefore contribute to reinforce the open-ended nature of our discussions.” reacted Zha Sakung, deputy secretary general of the United Conference on Sustainable Discussions.

Chris Lolande, coordinator of the UNCSD, added that “this new initiative might even contribute to greening the United Nations as we have managed to include wording suggesting that the report could possibly be printed on recycled paper, if appropriate”.

About the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Discussions

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Discussions organized in Rio, June 2012, aims at ensuring the long-term viability of UN conferences. Many countries have expressed their interest to host the following decanal conferences

For further information please contact Kip Statuz-Ko, Public Information Officer, UNCSD at: Blabla@uncsd.int, +55 (22) 8943-6748 

[All credit goes to Sébastien Duyck]


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