Summit of the Peoples Opens in Rio de Janeiro

The Peoples´ Summit, a meeting running parallel to the Rio-plus-20 UN Sustainable Development Conference kicked off Friday in Rio de Janeiro as a scenario where social movements will denounce that the real causes for environmental, social and economic deterioration have not yet been addressed. Some 30 thousand people are expected

The Peoples´ Summit, a meeting running parallel to the Rio-plus-20 UN Sustainable Development Conference kicked off Friday in Rio de Janeiro as a scenario where social movements will denounce that the real causes for environmental, social and economic deterioration have not yet been addressed.

Some 30 thousand people are expected to participate in the alternative summit underway at the Flamingo Park in Rio.

The UN Conference will take place June 20-22 recalling the first such summit held here 20 years ago and which drew up a global agenda for sustainable development, PL news agency reported.

On that occasion, the UN Conference adopted three international conventions, one on biological diversity, another one on climate change and a third one on the fight against desertification.

The organizers of the Peoples´ Summit say that 20 years after those conventions were adopted, those issues are still unaddressed and they are concerned about the deepening of neo-liberal policies, capitalist expansion, exclusion and the concentration of the generators of the environmental, economic and social crisis.

They also criticize the so-called Green Economy by arguing that its name hides new forms of environmental pollution and destruction, as well as new waves of privatization and exclusion.

Taken from RHC.

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