Climate Change Agreement Drafted Ahead Of Rio+20
National delegates said on Tuesday that they have reached an agreement on a draft document that will be submitted at the Rio+20 gathering in Brazil this week.
Some criticize the preliminary agreement because it gives no detail, or timetable, on how its goals can be achieved. It also gives no clear direction as to how the world can be placed on a more environmentally friendly path.
“After two years of negotiations, we have a text that delivers only more process. This is significantly disappointing. The language is very weak and the outcome of this conference will not be anywhere near what the people and the plant needs,” Lasse Gustavsson of WWF said in a statement.
Claudia Salerno, head of the Venezuelan delegation, said delegates wanted to avoid a repeat of the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, when negotiations ended up going nowhere.