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Towards the People's Summit at Rio+20: Alternative civil society perspectives on the zero draft
Hamish Jenkins, UN-NGLS, introduced the event, noting its aim is to discuss alternate civil society views on the road to the People?s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in Rio +20, to be held in parallel to Rio+20, which will provide a forum to organizations and social movements to discuss the issues arising from Rio+20.

Iara Pietricovsky de Oliveira, Brazilian Civil Society Facilitating Committee, expressed concern regarding what will be agreed upon in the context of green economy and the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) and cautioned against the dilution of the human rights framework during the negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document.

Andre Abreu, Brazilian Civil Society Facilitating Committee, cautioned that the debate surrounding green economy should be transparent and ensure accountability. He also urged that the views of small-scale farmers, peasants and others be involved in the process. Dena Hoff, La Via Campesina, lamented that there are no distinctions made between different agricultural systems and stated that ?peasant farming? has always been a part of a green economy. She called for the transformation to a green economy to address underlying obstacles, such as those that prevent market access.

Paul Quintos, IBON International, noted that the principles agreed upon at the original Earth Summit held in 1992 are being lost during the negotiations on the zero draft. He said there is a need for strong integration of the three pillars of sustainable development, as well as less prescriptive language for civil society. Caterina Silveira, Brazilian Civil Society Facilitating Committee, underscored the necessity of social protection in the context of the environment, saying that the outcomes they wish to see at Rio+20 include guaranteeing basic rights to water, food and housing. She urged future green jobs to address safety to ensure fewer accidents in the work place.

Barbara Adams, Social Watch, said that possible SDGs need to be approached cautiously, as lessons learnt from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) show that such goals may narrow the development agenda and may not address the original issues originally intended by the goals.

In the ensuing discussion, participants addressed topics including the People?s Summit and the human rights agenda during Rio+20.

Contact: Hamish Jenkins
More information: http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?page=rioplus20&id_article=3760
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