At United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or "Rio+20", held this week, the world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want. The preparations for Rio+20 have highlighted seven areas which need priority attention; decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness.
However, in the preparation negotiations, we are a long way from where we need to be; much of the text in the draft outcome document remains heavily bracketed. There were disagreements on the processes to be followed in several issues, such as climate change, ocean protection, food and agriculture, establishment of sustainable development goals (SDGs), means of implementation - most notably finance and technology transfer, institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD), and green economy.
Vision is what we need.
At Rio the world’s leaders can collectively take the actions that will lead to a balance between our needs and those of our vulnerable environment that supports all lives. Will they be courageous to do so?