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Rio+20 : Major Groups Expert Meeting on the Rio+20 Zero Draft and Compendium of Commitments
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Major Groups Expert Meeting on the Rio+20 Zero Draft and Compendium of Commitments
24 Mar 2012 - 24 Mar 2012
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Church Center, United Nations, New York



Objectives of the meeting:
The aim of the workshop was to reflect upon the ongoing negotiations on the Rio+20 draft outcome document, to reflect about the advocacy role of major groups, including formation of coalitions around specific issues, and to identify key priorities and key issues for major groups related to Chapter III (green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication) and Chapter V (framework for action) of the zero draft outcome document. This workshop was designed to feed into and complement a civil society led workshop the following day, Sunday 25 March, on the institutional framework on sustainable development (IFSD) and to support advocacy work of major groups, which now should communicate their top demands to Member States. Representatives from all major groups attended the meeting.

Overview of major groups priorities and assessment of current negotiations:
The aim of this session was to present a brief overview of the key priorities of major groups in relation to the outcome negotiations and to make a brief assessment of which of these issues have been included and what is missing in the zero draft outcome document. In general terms, major groups are very concerned about tone of the negotiations and the lack of ambition reflected in the zero draft. More specifically and across all groups, concerns were expressed that language concerning rights and equity is widely being contested in the negotiation by Member States.

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