Rio +20: Where Do We Go From Here?

Sr. Margaret Mayce, OP, sends her report on UN Conference in Rio

While in Rio de Janeiro for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, I scanned the Internet daily, looking for coverage in the US press. Save for passing mention in the Washington Post, there was nothing. After the fact, however, the New York Times posted an article on Sunday, June 24, in which it quotes the Pew Environment Group’s critique of the meeting: “It would be a mistake to call Rio a failure, but for a once-in-a-decade meeting with so much at stake, it was a far cry from success.” The final draft of the outcome document, entitled “The Future We Want,” is not an ideal text. However, it does reflect a number of the key demands of the developing countries. Here are some of the highlights.