New York Third Intersessional Meeting : Day Two

29 March 2012 | News story
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The day started with a meeting for civil society to express their concerns to the Bureau of the Rio+20 conference. Civil society groups expressed concerns about governments bracketing issues related to human rights and equity principles. There is an open letter for signature entitled Rights at Risk at the United Nations which can be accessed at and if you want to hear and see how angry civil society is, ....

check out this press conference: In between sessions I managed to go to an interesting event where Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean presented a report on sustainable development trends in that region during the last 20 years. She suggested that Rio+20 should focus on concrete issues like empowering people to be part of decision making; invest in public transportation; implement the financial transaction tax (for every financial transaction, a small percentage would go into helping developing countries achieve sustainable development.) Her eloquence and enthusiasm were a breath of fresh air from the tedious negotiations.

In the plenary, the G77 kept on getting nervous every time the word “green” came up and developed countries made it clear that they will not put their money where their mouth is. The meeting ended with a proposal by the co-chairs that they would provide a more “mainstreamed” version of the document which will help during the 20 days left of negotiations. To be continued.


1 Steven Earl Salmony
Thinking globally, acting

........ markably abundant, distinctly human resources and respond ably to the daunting, human-induced, global challenges before us, the ones that threaten life as we know it and the integrity of Earth as a fit place for human habitation. Many voices, many more voices are needed for making necessary changes.
June 9, 2012 - 17:00
2 Steven Earl Salmony AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population, established 2001
Thinking globally, acting
This situation is no longer deniable. During my lifetime, many have understood the Global Predicament we are facing now, but only a few 'voices in the wilderness' were willing to speak out loudly and clearly about what everyone can see. It is not a pretty sight. The human community has precipitated a planetary emergency that only humankind is capable of undoing. The present 'Unsustainable Path' has to be abandoned in favor of a "road less travelled by". It is late; there is no time left to waste. Perhaps now we will gather our re
June 9, 2012 - 16:58
3 Steven Earl Salmony
Thinking globally, acting locally
there comes a point at which GROWTH is unsustainable. There is much work to done locally. But that effort cannot reasonably begin without sensibly limiting economic and population growth.

To quote another source, “We face a wide-open opportunity to break with the old ways of doing the town’s business…..” That is a true statement. But the necessary “break with the old ways” of continous economic and population growth is not what is occurring. There is a call for a break with the old ways, but the required changes in behavior are not what is being proposed as we plan for the future.
June 7, 2012 - 14:56
4 Steven Earl Salmony
Thinking globally, acting locally
in’ with people. If the quality of life we enjoy now is to be maintained for the children, then limits on economic and population growth will have to be set. By so doing, we choose to “act locally" and sustainably.

More economic and population growth are no longer sustainable in many too many places on the surface of Earth because biological constraints and physical limitations are immutably imposed upon ever increasing human consumption, production and population activities of people in many communities where most of us reside. Inasmuch as the Earth is finite with frangible environs,
June 7, 2012 - 14:52
5 Steven Earl Salmony AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population, established 2001
Thinking globally, acting locally
If we agree to “think globally”, it becomes evident that riveting attention on GROWTH could be a grave mistake because we are denying how economic and population growth in the communities in which we live cannot continue as it has until now. Each village's resources are being dissipated, each town's environment degraded and every city's fitness as place for our children to inhabit is being threatened. To proclaim something like, 'the meat of any community plan for the future is, of course, growth' fails to acknowledge that many villages, towns and cities are already ‘built out’, and also ‘fill
June 7, 2012 - 14:50
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