Attending: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and French President
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Over 100 heads of state and
high-level government officials including US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and French President François Hollande, will attend the final
negotiations of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable
Development, also known as Earth Summit 2012 or Rio+20, held in Rio de
Janeiro from June 20 to 22, 2012.
Canadian NGO delegates from We Canada are currently observing Canada's
positions and participating in the conference. We Canada is a civil
society initiative that consulted with 8000 Canadians for Rio+20.
Representatives of We Canada presented a report of these consultations
at the conference, with Severn Cullis-Suzuki as a keynote speaker, in
order to give voice to Canadians at this historic event.
"We are here at the government negotiations to hold Canada's feet to the
fire," said Aleksandra Nasteska, co-founder of We Canada. "Right now,
Canada's position in key areas is delaying progress, but there is still
time for negotiations to evolve in a positive direction."
This Conference marks the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit
held in Rio in 1992, where Canada was an outstanding leader in global
"During the consultations we heard what are Canadians' priorities, and
phasing out fossil fuels subsidies is one of them," explained
Marie-Pierre, National Director of We Canada. "The Canadian government
has to stop obstructing global progressive initiatives and back the
numerous countries that are leading the way towards a green economy."
On June 17, the Government of Brazil took the slow negotiations into its
own hands and presented a consolidated text in order to accelerate
agreement. They urged country delegates to discuss real problems
rather than edit language.
We Canada is a non-partisan, nation-wide and youth-led citizen
initiative mobilizing for Canadian leadership in sustainability at
SOURCE One Earth
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