As the 50,000 participants travel home after ten days of discussing The Future We Want, the outcome document from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), it’s time to reflect on the substance of what was agreed.
There was much applause for the representative of NGO during his speech at the RIO+20 opening plenary - "don't waste your power! Instead of attending to the narrow interests of individual governments, leaders should be inspired to change the world"
At midday on 20 June 1922, a remarkable group of people from different countries met in London and concluded that the only effective answer to the threats facing birds across the continents had to be through co-ordinated international action. So was born the International Council for Bird Preservation (now BirdLife), 90 years old today.
At the end of each day the United Nations have created an open space for discussion among civil society and givernments on the RIO+20 agenda. Apparently 70% of the Rio+20 outcome document is from civil society input, but how much of it will be left after negotiations?
BirdLife Zimbabwe runs a very active Environmental Education Department, which includes Wildlife Clubs and the Bird Awareness Programme for schools. The Department has been very busy these last few weeks.
The decisions reached at RIO+20 will shape how society responses to the challenge of achieving social, economic and environmental sustainability. Read about sustainability on the new Spotlight on BirdLife's Data Zone.