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Rio+20 a 'failure of leadership' as final text falls short of expectations

Rio+20 a 'failure of leadership' as final text falls short of expectations
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“A failure of leadership” the verdict on the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit by environmental groups and veteran politicians.

Former Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso who chaired the 1992 Earth Summit and Mary Robinson ex-president of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, voiced their frustrations about the summit’s final declaration.

UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon seemed pleased with the draft document and called on governments to end world hunger:

“The outcome document is a very solid, concrete, ambitious and good one – providing a firm foundation for building a sustainable future.”

The declaration agreed puts the green economy as just one possible route to sustainable development.

Campaigners say they are frustrated by the whole process claiming the Earth Summit text-The Future We Want-was finished before the arrival of 150 world leaders and ministers.

The meeting, 20 years on from the first Rio Summit, was aimed at putting the global economy on a green footing.

The reality for environmentalists and campaigners fell far short of its stated aim.