Rio+20: Multi-Lateralism Staggers: How to Make it Run?

June 20, 2012 by

Twenty years ago in a clamour of global public and media interest, representatives of all UN member states gathered in Rio de Janeiro to take part in the first Earth Summit. Later this week, the Rio+20 meeting will revisit the sustainable development agenda. The meeting aims to achieve more than the standard proclamations and agreement to future process. Yet sadly, it won’t. Despite a lack of mainstream media interest, and political leaders distracted by challenges such as the enduring vulnerability of the global financial system, many in the environmental movement still retain hope that Rio+20 will be a moment when sustainability ambition can be realised.