Quand le "draft zéro" du texte base de la conférence sur le développement durable, dite Rio+20, à été publié en janvier dernier, nous nous sommes réjouis de la mention claire au droit à l'eau dans le paragraphe 67, chapitre plus important dans ce texte pour tous ceux qui militent et travaillent pour le droit à l'eau.

More than 300 civil society organizations submitted their proposals for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio2012). In its paper, Social Watch remembered that the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 stated that “the major cause of the continued deterioration of the global environment is the unsustainable pattern of consumption and production, particularly in industrialized countries (...) aggravating poverty and imbalances”, and warned that “this is still true today”.

“We have exceeded the ecological limits and ignore the planetary boundaries. With the climate change threat we are already living on borrowed time. However, we refuse to cut back on emissions and allocate the scarce resources to those who have not yet benefitted from their exploitation,” warned the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives in its statement for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio2012) to be held next June.

On its contribution to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio2012), the Third World Network (TWN) linked the expectations that surround the conference with the “unfulfilled commitments and promises” taken on by the world leaders almost 20 years ago.

“Human activity has been the major cause of the environmental, social and economic problems that we face. The present challenges cannot be tackled in isolation and responses must be global,” noted Eurostep in its proposal to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio2012).

Hannah Stoddart, Policy
Coordinator of the Stakeholder
Forum. (Photo:IISD)

Source: Eurostep

Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNSCD, or Rio+20) to be held in Rio in June next year, civil society organisations have described the official preparatory processes as being too slow and weak in content. If the conference is to live up to its commitment to achieving sustainable development, a fundamental paradigm shift in the global economic structure is needed, stated Eurostep this week. 

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