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  • Rio+20 is the starting point, not the ending point, says Dilma

    Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff said in an interview at the Riocentro convention center that Rio+20 is "a starting point, not an ending point." For her, the final document of the conference represents what is possible, but "it's obvious that it does not meet" the standards of Brazilian practice. "We are perhaps, the most advanced country on environmental spending, but I can't measure every country with the same criteria as Brazil. Multilateralism is about respect. You could wish that it were different, but it's not, and it doesn't help to criticize [the consensus]."

    Published on 06/23/2012 - 13h55

  • Security denies access to Folha reporter at Riocentro event

    .N. security denied access to Folha journalist Fernando Rodrigues, at pavilion 5 in the Riocentro convention center, site of the plenary sessions with the heads of the delegations of the countries that participated in Rio+20.

    Published on 06/23/2012 - 13h54

  • Summit repeats promises and defers action until 2015

    The U.N. conference on sustainable development ended exactly as it began: with a melancholy tone and without surprises.

    Published on 06/23/2012 - 13h46

  • Dilma irritated by criticism at the Women Leaders' Summit

    President Dilma Rousseff was openly criticized by former prime minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland and the feminist movement for submitting a Rio+20 document that did not directly address the issue of reproductive rights.

    Published on 06/22/2012 - 15h22

  • NGOs at the U.N. opposing the result of Rio+20

    Severn Suzuki has returned to give another speech at the Riocentro convention center. Twenty years after leaving the leaders of the world speechless at Eco-92, the young Canadian girl, now a 32-year-old mother, added another level to environmentalist criticism of the text produced by the conference, "The Future We Want."

    Published on 06/22/2012 - 13h56

  • Japanese Delegation Gets Lost and Runs Into Armed Men in a Favela

    Two cars from the Japanese delegation were going to visit Cedae (Water and Sewage Company), when they got lost and ended up in a poor community known as the favela of Caju in the port area of Rio de Janeiro. People in the Japanese vehicles shot at armed men. The drug traffickers did not shoot at the group.

    Published on 06/22/2012 - 10h28

  • Attacks on women's rights are unacceptable, says Bachelet

    The face of U.N. Women, the branch of the United Nations for gender equality, the former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet considers the attacks on women's rights that are already ratified in international agreements to be unacceptable.

    Published on 06/21/2012 - 13h24

  • Central Rio taken over by protests

    Every imaginable kind of demonstration could be found yesterday afternoon on Rio Branco Avenue in the center of Rio de Janeiro. According to police, there were between 15,000 and 20,000 people. The head of the People's Summit, who called for the protest, put the number of participants at 50,000.

    Published on 06/21/2012 - 13h23

  • Brazil says final document reflects the ambition of all

    Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and various members of her government came out yesterday in defense of the final document of Rio+20. "The approved text affirms some important advances," said the president, in her speech on the first day of the summit of heads of state at Rio+20 yesterday at the Riocentro convention center. She then referenced several concepts that were introduced in the declaration, like the eradication of poverty and racial inequality.

    Published on 06/21/2012 - 13h22

  • Summits

    This week has witnessed two summits. The group of 20 advanced and developing countries meet in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico, and the Rio+20 is meeting in Rio de Janeiro. Neither it seems will produce much progress, either on the international economy, or on the future of the world environment. I may be wrong on both counts, I hope I will be. But the prognostications are not favorable.

    Published on 06/21/2012 - 03h00