African expectations not yet met in Rio

19 June 2012 | News story

Around 50,000 delegates from around the world are attending the UN’s biggest meeting ever in Rio. The aim of the Rio +20 Sustainability Summit is to lift billions of the world’s poorest people out of poverty without exhausting the planet’s resources. But economic woes are keeping expectations low.

Dr Aimé Nianogo, Director of IUCN’s Regional Office for West and Central Africa (Programme Afrique Centrale et Occidentale), has been following the negotiations, particularly focusing on the government delegations from his region .

As we enter the “big three days” from tomorrow, with more than a hundred government leaders due to arrive, it seems that the mood amongst delegates from West and Central Africa is becoming impatient.

So what is it that governments in West and Central Africa want to see coming out of Rio by Friday?

What happens if we fail to achieve that by the end of this Summit?