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David Cameron to miss Rio+20 earth summit for Jubilee
The meeting will mark 20 years since the seminal Earth Summit of 1992, and is regarded as a chance for leaders to put humanity on a sustainable track.

But the June date clashes with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The clash raises the question of whether other Commonwealth heads of government will also stay away.

Protocol would be likely to demand the presence of the 54 countries' leaders in London.

The Jubilee celebrations run 2-5 June, and the Earth Summit 4-6 June; so leaders could theoretically pay their respects in London before heading to Rio for the summit's final day.

But Mr Cameron will not, a Downing Street spokeswoman told BBC News.

Instead, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman will lead the UK delegation.

"It's a shame Mr Cameron is not going," said Felix Dodds, director of Stakeholder Forum, which is playing a leading role in preparations for the summit.

"It would be important for the British government to show leadership at the highest level in Rio, and we'd hope he'd show leadership by coming to the final preparatory conference the week before."

A spokesman for Ms Spelman's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the UK "will be pushing for an ambitious outcome" at the summit.

"Rio+20 must make the case that growth does not have to come at a cost to the environment, and that sustainable use of natural resources will be essential for long-term prosperity," he said.

And Margaret Ounsley, head of public affairs at WWF-UK described the news as "disappointing".

"In 1992, John Major managed to make it to the historic Earth Summit against a backdrop of IRA bombs in the City.

"There is never an easy time for the prime minister to leave the country, but he has sent out an early signal that the Rio+20 summit is not a priority for the UK, and there is a danger that other leaders might follow suit.

"We would hope that at the very least Mr Cameron will reconsider attending towards the end of the Summit."
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