[January 19] UN member states reached consensus in the Rio+20 negotiations. From the perspective of the Population and Climate Change Alliance (PCCA) which called for the summit to address the critical linkages between population, sexual and reproductive health and rights and sustainability, Rio+20 has delivered some wins for women and sustainability, but there have also been failures.
Other CSO groups statements and reactions
Diverse groups of civil society movements including, peasants, indigenous peoples, trade unions and environmental movements, participated in the Rio processes, read their reactions and statements.
Population, rights and sustainability: Voices from the Global South examined the importance of a focus on reproductive rights and population dynamics at Rio+20 and beyond, if we want a sustainable future for people and the planet.
While governments failed to adopt binding commitments on sustainable development, indigenous peoples from all over the world delivered strong messages against dominant development models and for respect of human rights, self-determination, traditional knowledge and culture.
The “Future We Want” outcome document from this week’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, lacks meaningful inclusion of reproductive health and rights.
The Rio+20 International Conference of Indigenous Peoples on Self-Determination and Sustainable Development concluded on June 19, 2012: "United for our food sovereignty, traditional cultures and ways of life," with the adoption by consensus the final Declaration.
World Alliance for Citizen Participation is deeply dismayed with the outcome of Rio+20 and believes the under-achievement of Rio raises serious questions about the ability of the inter-governmental system as currently constituted to achieve sustainable development, protection of human rights, and the full participation of people.