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BRAZIL AT RIO+20: Financial crisis cannot be obstacle to sustainable development, Ambassador Figueiredo says
RIO DE JANEIRO (14 June 2012) - The financial crisis in the developed world must not hinder progress in sustainable development negotiations at Rio+20, Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, Under Secretary at the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, said today in Rio de Janeiro.
Reporting on the latest developments in the official talks, Ambassador Figueiredo said that discussions on the topic of means of implementation – which includes debates on finance and technology transfer – still remain a divisive issue among countries, and will require even more intense efforts during the last two days of the Preparatory Committee meeting, ending tomorrow.
“We cannot be held hostage to the retraction resulting from financial crises in rich countries. We are here to think about the long term and not about crises that may be overcome in one or two years,” he said.
According to Ambassador Figueiredo, progress in negotiations depends on an agreement regarding means of implementation. “As we know, every recommendation of action requires a clear idea of the means available to enable the implementation of these recommendations,” he added. “Finding the means are at the core of these negotiations.”
Ambassador Figueiredo also acknowledged substantial progress in the discussions on the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals and on the international framework for sustainable development, including efforts to strengthen the role of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Speaking on Brazil’s role as President of the Conference, Ambassador Figueiredo declared that the country will explore with its partners pathways to an ambitious agreement and may suggest solutions for unresolved issues.
“Brazil will not present new texts. The only text that exists is the one on the table. However, in its capacity as President, it is natural that Brazil may seek to assist the negotiations by suggesting options for solutions in specific cases where no agreement has been reached,” he said.
“We’re interested in a final outcome that is strong - not merely a compromise between positions,” Ambassador Figueiredo concluded.
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