Summary: The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, wrapped up Friday with what some environmental groups consider to be a disappointing outcome. While the mainstream discussions on sustainability produced few promising results, the true action took place on the sidelines of the official meeting. Countries including Australia, Maldives, and Mexico, pledged to strengthen their environmental responsibility, and some corporations asserted their intention to rely less on fossil fuels and reduce their carbon footprint.
“Presidents of two major environmental groups who attended the Earth Summit disagree that Rio+20 was a failure,” said Frances G. Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice. “Rio+20 is not just about a document. Rio+20 is a catalyst. What Rio+20 did was shine a spotlight on the environmental and sustainable development issues we all know we must address. We recognized that the world’s people can assert their will and power to fix our problems.”
Full Article: http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/24/u-n-report-from-rio-on-environment-a-suicide-note"