Caroline Spelman’s Rio+20 diary: a draft agreement for the final talks
Continuing her daily diary from the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Caroline Spelman describes the completion of a draft agreement after long hours of negotiation and the arrival of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg for the final three days of discussion by world leaders.
Draft Rio+20 agreement reached – A draft agreement on the Rio+20 text and while there is more work to do, there are reasons to be positive in the UK.
“I think the UK team can be pretty positive about what we have achieved. From the very beginning, we said we wanted progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a drive to get more businesses reporting on their sustainability performance, and recognition from countries of the importance of measuring natural and social capital as signs of progress alongside GDP. All of these things have been achieved at Rio. [...]
“We have to go one step at a time, and this has been a big step forward. We will now be pushing hard to build on what has been agreed at Rio+20 so that in years to come this is regarded as a pivotal moment.” Read the full entry…
Deputy Prime Minister arrives for final talks – Deputy Prime Minister arrives, businesses welcome our move to require major firms to report their Greenhouse Gas emissions
“Nick Clegg came to the UK office this morning where I talked him through the fine detail of the draft text agreed yesterday. His view on the agreement is the same as mine.
“Yes, we would have liked it to be stronger and to go further. But this agreement is a positive step forward. One of the benefits of reaching agreement so quickly is that it leaves everyone with three full days to build on the agreement and start to turn some of the words into actions. I’ve previously said Rio has to be a workshop rather than a talking shop, and that’s what we have.”Read the full entry…
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