Negotiations on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity may stumble over finance. World food talks in Rome in the same week have similar problems. Agriculture and biodiversity are closely linked. Why have such separate meetings?
In one of its few ambitious gestures, the agreement approved by world leaders at Friday’s conclusion of the Rio+20 conference commits their support to the goal that everyone should have access to modern energy.
As public and private sector commitments rained down on the UN initiative on Sustainable Energy For All yesterday, a short phrase about fossil fuels in the now-forgotten text of the Rio+20 agreement began to make its presence felt.
There are many similarities between the provision of safe sanitation and the upgrading of traditional cookstoves in developing countries. The role of women in both challenges is fundamental and has been recognised in the Rio+20 debates.
Leaders of the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative have held a press conference at Rio+20. Public-private partnerships are the model of the future, they say, and this is the biggest of all.
A medley of characters has something to say about Sustainable Energy For All as the Rio+20 conference nears its climax.
The UN’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative has received a strong statement of support from the US State Department. And “hundreds of actions and commitments” have been offered by “businesses, donors, entrepreneurs, organizations, artists, and individual volunteers.”
A Friends of the Earth report concludes that the Sustainable Energy For All initiative will fail due to its inappropriate links with major corporations. The initiative has also been rebuffed in the Rio+20 agreement. It’s time for change.
The UN has encouraged delegations to Rio+20 to make voluntary commitments to sustainable development. There are signs that the Sustainable Energy For All initiative may be a major beneficiary. How should we assess any announcements?
Perspectives on Energy For All from Oxfam and the European Union. And The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves resolves to conduct research into better usage of stoves in poor households.