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Rio+20: Leading talks, Brazil presents consolidated text for negotiation
RIO DE JANEIRO (16 June 2012) - Brazil presented a consolidated version of the negotiating text after taking the lead of informal consultations at Rio+20 today, setting a deadline for an agreement to be reached before the start of the Conference’s high-level segment, Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota said.
Delegates will resume talks later this evening, with discussions divided into four different groups focusing on Sustainable Development Goals, Means of Implementation, International Framework on Sustainable Development and Oceans.
“The mission is to reach a text that’s already agreed upon by participants of this negotiating process by Monday evening,” Minister Patriota said. “This is a sensitive and crucial moment. We need to stimulate flexibility and seek convergence in negotiations,” he said.
The consolidated text is a result of the three days of talks of the Preparatory Committee and incorporates language both on the process for the negotiation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) until 2015 and a strategy for financing sustainable development.
“The SDGs are perhaps the most significant achievement of the last few decades,” said Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, Under Secretary at the Brazilian Foreign Ministry. “This is an issue that already stands solid in the text. A small number of paragraphs still need refining, so we’re going to focus our effort on this,” he added.
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