Friday Jun 14, 2012
As I sit in a noisy but interesting lobby of a hostel in Rio de Janeiro I remember that less than 24 hours ago I was in my house packing for this trip. As some of you may know I am here for the UN Sustainable Development Conference Rio+20. This meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. It has a fancy name and lots of complicated information but what is important to know is that right now decision makers from around the world are meeting to discuss and define sustainable development. But this is not the only thing that is happeing in Rio right now, and I will give more details about this later.
I arrived at about 5am Rio time and after some confusion on how to leave the airport I got to my hostel and left for the UN meeting. To participate on this meeting you need to have an accreditation witch I receive from the Sierra Club. Once inside the meeting it’s a strange feeling. Leaving the noisy and crowded streets of Rio for a pale and huge conference center is strange. We could think of it as a metaphor of these conference, maybe?
Take a look inside the Rio+20 negotiations!
See our flikerphotos!: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzZeyYW
One of the interesting things happening today inside the Rio+20 conference was a side event organized by our partner organization SustainUS. SustainUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States. The topic of this event was around youth movements beyond Rio. One of the participants is Adam Hazs, who has been part of the SSC for a few years.
Whant to Here is some of what Adam said??? Make sure to check our video blogs we post later!
Some of the other speakers were youth that worked in media, youth from the Maritian Islands and a youth from Colombia. Its definitely interesting to hear about these success and struggles that the youth have on their works back home, it also helps to put things in perspective and remember that there is work to be done after these events.
I also had the opportunity to participate today in the Mayor Group of Children and Youth meeting. The Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) is the official voice for any under 30 in the sustainability negotiations (aka Rio+20). These meeting take part in a circle and there is announcements and updates form working groups. What to know the details about that meeting?? Read the notes here: http://meetingwords.com/mgcyDailyMeeting.
On a more artistic note the day ended with a fossil of the day. This is a creative action that takes place in a open space of the center were a country is “awarded” for their lack of support for a just cleaner future. The fossil of the day went to Canada... soon I will post a video about this!
Rio+20 for now has had many comments, some saying it will crash some saying it will succeed. We must wait and see what happens to make a final judgment in our leaders.
If you want to know more details about specific topics related to policy you can check: http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/outreach/ or check: http://www.climatenetwork.org/newsletter/eco-2-rio20-english-version .
Also be sure to like our facebook page www.facebook.com/SSCInternational and follow us on twitter @Intl_SSC to get updates details about the SSCs work in Rio!