Río + 20: Feedback from the Argentinean Chapter

Río + 20: Feedback from the Argentinean Chapter

The Argentinean Chapter of the Club of Rome was present at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Río + 20, held in Río de Janeiro for the 20 th. anniversary of the Earth Summit.

The Conference was attended by the world leaders and thousand of enthusiastic players of the private sector, NGOs, and groups representing different communities. The goals stated were important as well as urgent: reduce poverty, advance social equity, and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet. 

We understand that while the Summit has shown that today, Society has achieved greater awareness of the problems shared at a global level, and the urgency of finding solutions to situations that tend to aggravate rapidly and steadily, it has also shown that there is still much to do, walk through, heal, and overcome. Unfortunately, the downside for us today is that time has already started to run off. 

In terms of two major proposals, the green economy and establishing global governance, Argentina expressed its sharp opposition to both. 

With respect to the green economy, Argentina was against the proposal, especially objecting to product labeling and carbon footprint (the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by an individual, organization, event or product) as measures of sustainability. Thus, Argentina adheres to G-77 and China’s position on the matter. 

As to world governance translated into the transformation of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in an autonomous agency, the Argentine government rejected it by interpreting the enforcement of standards to be met by all countries as a threat to each country’s sovereignty. Certainly China, the world’s greatest polluter, subscribed to this thesis. 

In connection with these issues, we understand that based on the logic of necessity and under the imperative of the ethics of subsistence, the world will gradually evolve towards the implementation of a green economy and global governance. However, this should not distract us from observing another ethical approach required by times: multilateralism, equity and inclusion with no exceptions. 

Finally, in our opinion the final document The World We Want signed by the world leaders, has left a sense of historical frustration by expressing the political inability to provide vital responses. Replacing goals with commitments is a metaphor for the practice of politics as wishful thinking more than as an instrument of action. 

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