Rio+20 Summit Condemned as Sell Out of People and the Planet - Friends of the Earth International Media Advisory

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL), June 22, 2012-- Friends of the Earth International today strongly condemned world leaders for selling out people and the planet in their Rio+20 declaration which falls way short of the action needed to tackle the planetary crisis we face, and does not include any of the real solutions demanded by the people at the alternative Peoples Summit.

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Nigerian Activist Nnimmo Bassey: Rio+20 Summit Will Not Get Us Out of Environmental Crisis - Democracy Now! Television broadcast

Rio de Janiero, Brazil 21 June 2012 – Nnimmo Bassey, executive director of Environmental Rights Action in Nigeria and chair of Friends of the Earth International speaks to Amy Goodman of the US based television news programme, Democracy Now! "The leaders came to Rio with, clearly, very low ambitions, and probably with the desire to block agreements on any issue that would not be of particular benefit to them or their countries," Bassey says. "They've come out with a draft agreement which the presidents are looking at currently, a draft agreement that is shallow, that is hollow, that doesn't describe or deal with the root causes of the crisis, the multiple crises that the world is confronted with right now".

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/6/21/nigerian_activist_nnimmo_bassey_rio_20

Rio+20: talking easier than doing - by Stephen Coan, Natal Witness

20 June 2012 - TODAY marks the beginning of Rio+20 in Brazil, expected to host around 50 000 participants from 190 countries, including politicians, negotiators, experts, NGOs plus assorted activists. They will be out to put the world on track to a green future. Hope springs eternal.

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Rio+20 Declaration: A Gift to Corporate Polluters - Friends of the Earth International Media Advisory

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL), June 20, 2012 –  The deal on the table at the Rio+20 Summit does nothing to address the environmental and social crises that the world is facing; it simply allows multinational corporations to continue exploiting people and the planet without restraint, according to Friends of the Earth International.

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'Agreement reached' at Rio summit - By Richard Black, Environment correspondent, BBC News, Rio de Janeiro

20 June 2012 - Environmental groups have already lamented the draft text's lack of commitments. Negotiators have agreed a text to be approved by world leaders meeting this week in Rio in a summit intended to put society on a more sustainable path.

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Friends of the Earth International to Meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: "Stop the Business Lobby at the UN" -Friends of the Earth International Media Advisory RIO+20

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL) -June 19, 2012 On June 22 Friends of the Earth International chair Nnimmo Bassey will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and deliver a civil society statement denouncing the corporate domination of the United Nations.

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New report to expose 'Corporate Capture' of the U.N. - Friends of the Earth International Media Advisory

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL) - On June 19, 2012, on the eve of a key United Nations Summit due to take place June 20-22 in Rio De Janeiro [1], Friends of the Earth International will launch a new report [2] exposing the increasing influence of major corporations and business lobby groups within the UN.

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One foot in the movement and another in the U.N.: Waste Pickers at Rio+20 and the People's Summit push for socially inclusive sustainable development - GAIA press release

RIO DE JANEIRO - June 18

The People's Summit: a vibrant, sprawling stretch of social movements in their full glory. White tents spread across kilometers of public park near the city center, teeming with political activities, decrying a false green economy that incentivizes pollution and the commodification of natural resources.

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RIO+20 Summit under corporations' undue influence - Friends of the Earth International Media Advisory

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL), JUNE 18, 2012 – One the eve of the Rio+20 United Nations Earth Summit [1] on June 20-22, Friends of the Earth International warns world leaders that multinational corporations such as oil giant Shell have an undue influence  over the Rio+20 Earth Summit.

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Friends of the Earth Mozambique activist planning to expose mining giant vale banned entry in Brazil - Friends of the Earth International/Real World Radio press release

June 15 2012 - Journalist Jeremias Vunjanhe, member of the organization Justicia Ambiental-Friends of the Earth Mozambique was denied entry in Brazil. He was invited to participate as an observer at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Rio from June 19 to 22.

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Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development - Friends of the Earth International Media Advisory

The Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development is fast approaching. In June this year, governments of the world are expected to agree on a declaration that should address and propose solutions to the multiple crises the world is facing today, on issues such as energy, food, climate and finance.

Read a statement by Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International ...