June 20, 2012 (via bangkokpost.com) World leaders open a UN summit Wednesday where they are set to endorse a blueprint for eradicating poverty and protecting the environment that critics insist is a threadbare compromise.
Some 92 leaders, including the host, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and UN chief Ban Ki-moon are attending the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development.
The high-profile event comes 20 years after Rio’s first Earth Summit, when nations vowed to roll back climate change, desertification and species loss.
The meeting is set to get under way at 10:00 am (1300 GMT) with the screening of a short film titled “State of the Planet” and a statement by the UN secretary general.
Some 191 speakers are expected to take the floor until Friday, when leaders will close the 10-day UN conference by giving their seal of approval to a 53-page document agreed by their negotiators Tuesday.
Not everyone was upbeat about the hard-fought draft.
“Nobody in that room adopting the text was happy. That’s how weak it is. And they all knew,” the European Union’s commissioner for climate change, Connie Hedegaard, said on the micro-blogging website Twitter. Continue Reading>>