UN Sustainability Conference in Rio to avoid climate talk
This June’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UN CSD) in Rio de Janeiro will largely sidestep discussions of climate-change theories as leaders perceive the subject to be too controversial, according to summit insiders seeking ambitious and wide-ranging agreements on the world’s future. What is being touted as the biggest political gathering of the year will instead focus on framing UN “green” goals in terms of economic prosperity and environmental necessity.
“Sustainability” is often promoted by supporters as protection of the environment for future generations. But to critics — especially in the United States, where suspicions of “Agenda 21” and the global body run deep — it is a term used by the UN and its backers to conceal a much more sinister agenda: Perpetually expanding government control over natural resources and economic development while individual liberty is curtailed and power is consolidated at the global level.
According to chief Andre Correa do Lago of Brazil’s delegation working on the outcome document for “Rio+20” — the upcoming UN conference is set for 20 years after the first Earth Summit was held in the Brazilian city — climate change and global warming have become too sensitive of an issue for many countries. Sustainability, on the other hand, is an idea all governments can rally behind, he told the Associated Press.
“Climate change has very strong resistance from sectors that are going to be substantially altered, like the oil industry,” explained Correa do Lago, apparently unaware that some of the world’s biggest oil interests have long rallied behind global-warming theories and proposed policies like cap and trade. “The feeling we have, when we are discussing with such different countries, is that sustainable development is the right answer.”
Concerns among populations and policy makers that the economic crisis could overshadow the UN summit and even throw a wrench in the global body’s goals have been running rampant, experts and negotiators said. That is why, according to Correa do Lago, sustainable development must be perceived as helping rather than hindering the economy.
“We know we have an environmental crisis, we have a financial crisis, we have a job crisis, we have many crises at the same time now, in some countries many of these crises together and the fact is that sustainable development is the answer to that,” Correa do Lago claimed. “To really make a change it has to have an economic logic, that’s why we come back to the issue of having sustainable development as a paradigm for the economic sector.”
The senior Brazilian negotiator told Reuters that “sustainability” was an easier sell than climate-change theories, which have come under increasing fire as glaring errors in the UN’s own reports continue to be discovered by scientists. Global climate conferences have repeatedly met with failure despite vast amounts of public resources poured into the campaigns.
Critics of UN-led sustainability efforts, however, warn that global policies aimed at reducing consumption and increasing government control over the economy will actually aggravate to economic crisis. And it’seven worse than that, according to American Policy Center President Tom DeWeese.
“I will tell you now, if you want to keep your guns, your property, your children and your God — if you love liberty — then sustainable development is your enemy,” DeWeese told a crowd at the Freedom 21 Conference, noting that the term was used to conceal a vast agenda that includes government control over all aspects of human life. “Sustainable development: It’s a life plan — planned by someone else.”
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236). The Conference will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark 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 is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document.
The objective of the Conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges
The Conference will focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.
“The senior Brazilian negotiator told Reuters that “sustainability” was an easier sell than climate-change theories,”
“will largely sidestep discussions of climate-change theories as leaders perceive the subject to be too controversial, “
so an environment conference that wont mention the climate..as we have said all along..its not about the environment..its about control, money and making us all “green”..and i will let you in on something..
the game has changed..there is a new code word.. instead of climate chage please insert “sustainability”..its the new word..and you will here it used a lot now..a real lot..they cant justfiy global warming..climate change disruption is to controversial..so lets just drop climate right out of it and and call it something nice and soothing..this is a scam people..they are using the green to make us red..and cover us in brown..