Ungdomar lämnar Rio+20 mötet i protest

Här ett pressmeddelande från Friends of the Earth. Ungdomar lämnar Rio mötet och river sönder utkastet på slutdokument. Friends of the Earth överlämnar ett uttalande till Ban Ki-Moon om att företag har tagit över processen och att deras inflytande måste minskas.

Rio+20: Protest Against ‘The Future Corporations Bought’

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL), June 22, 2012 –  Friends of the Earth
International  delegates joined on June 21 a key protest by a group of
young people and civil society organisations denouncing world leaders’
failure to tackle the planetary crisis at the UN Rio+20 Summit.

Hundreds of people condemned the failed Rio+20 Summit process as “the future corporations bought, first sitting down at the entrance of the
Rio+20 Summit and then tearing up copies of the Ri~20 Summit text. They later walked out of the conference centre, handing in their badges, and chanting ‘the  future we want is not here’.

The protestors said that the voices of people and in particular the young
people are being ignored at this UN Summit in the interest of corporations that continue to promote a business-as-usual model based upon dirty fossil fuels, and social and environmental exploitation.

“The solutions to the planetary crisis are well known and are being
promoted by communities across the world. They are on the table at the
alternative Peoples Summit in Rio. What is lacking at this UN Summit is
the political will to bring about the solutions the people need,” said
Jagoda Munic of Friends of the Earth Croatia, who took part in today’s
protest.

“Today’s protest sent a strong signal that change will come from the
people and not from this Rio+20 Summit where world leaders are rubber
stamping a document that will be viewed by future generations as a suicide note for the planet,” she added.

On June 22 Friends of the Earth International chair Nnimmo Bassey met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and delivered a civil society statement denouncing the corporate domination of the United Nations, during a meeting with the organisers of the alternative Peoples Summit in Rio, which includes Friends of the Earth International.  [2]

More than 400 civil society organizations representing millions of people from around the world signed the statement -initiated by Friends of the Earth International and nine other organisations- which will be delivered in the sidelines of the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit.[3]

“Young people have shown great leadership by walking out of the Rio+20 Summit today. The future belongs to them and today we share their outrage.
Their voices must be heard. World leaders should not trash their future,”
said Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International.

The statement is part of a Friends of the Earth International campaign
‘Reclaim the UN’ which included the launch on June 19 of a report exposing the increasing influence of major corporations and business lobby groups within the UN. [3]

The report ‘Reclaim the UN from Corporate Capture’ presents a number of
cases that clearly expose how UN policies and agencies are excessively
influenced by the corporate sector, for instance oil company  Shell, Dow
Chemical, Monsanto, the Coca Cola company, and the Chinese oil giant
PetroChina.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Lucia Ortiz, Economic Justice International Program Coordinator, Friends of the Earth International (in Brazil) Tel: + 55 51 98 41 87 07 or +55 21 6968 7826 or email lucia@natbrasil.org.br

Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International: Tel: +234 803 727 4395 (Nigerian cell), or email Nnimmo@eraction.org

Paul de Clerck, Corporates Campaign Coordinator, Friends of the Earth
International
Tel + 32 494 38 09 59 or email paul@milieudefensie.nl

NOTES TO EDITORS

[1] The Summit website is http://www.uncsd2012.org

[2] More information about the statement and the signatories is online at
http://www.foei.org/end-un-corporate-capture

[3] The new report is online at
http://www.foei.org/reclaim-the-UN-report/view

 

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