The UN’s three-day sustainable development summit has opened in Rio de Janeiro amid low expectations.
Known as the Rio+20 because of the landmark Earth Summit in the city two decades ago, delegates have already criticised the weakness of a prepared declaration.
France’s President Francois Hollande was among them as the blueprint omits a French funding proposal.
“France remains determined to establish along with those states that want to, a tax on financial transactions, and I take the commitment that if the tax is created, a portion of these revenues will be allocated to development.”
Numerous protest groups marched through the streets of Rio as the summit opened. They want the 130 participating heads of state and government ministers to make sure words are translated into actions.
One protester said they had 72 hours to discuss issues such as food and water security and to decide the fate of future generations.
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