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BRAZIL AT RIO+20: Means of Implementation “Crucial Issue" says Ambassador Figueiredo
RIO DE JANEIRO (13 June 2012) – Agreement on means of implementation will be one of the “crucial issues” at Rio+20 said Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, Under Secretary at the Brazilian Foreign Ministry during the first day of negotiations of the final Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference Sustainable Development.
Speaking at a press conference alongside Secretary General for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Sha Zukang, Ambassador Figueiredo commented on a proposal by the Group of 77+China for the creation of a global fund for sustainable development with an initial US$ 30 billion a year budget. “This proposal has considerable backing and, therefore, it’s part of the current negotiations,” he said.
Ambassador Figueiredo also discussed the goals of the Conference and highlighted the main differences between current negotiations and the objectives of Rio 92. “Now we have to look back and see what’s done and what’s not. It is also the time to look ahead and see what we can do in order to make what we agreed back in 92 a real benefit for all countries,” he said.
Speaking on the structure of the PrepCom talks, Secretary Zukang explained that the talks were divided into two working groups dealing with different parts of the draft outcome text in order to speed up negotiations. In his view, the most challenging issues are defining a framework for action towards sustainable development, finance, capacity building and technology transfer.
“Today we begin the final stretch in the marathon negotiation process. Delegates will clear brackets and fine tune the text before the official Conference starts next week," he said. “We are negotiating a focused political outcome. This outcome, as has been repeatedly emphasized, should be action oriented.”
For the full webcast of the briefing visit: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/conferencessummits/rio20-13-22-june-2012-rio-de-janeiro-brazil/press-conferences/watch/state-of-the-negotiations-for-the-outcome-of-the-rio20-conference-press-conference-rio20/1687849716001
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