Monday, 9th July 2012

RIO+20: The future we wanted?

Durban, South Africa, 9 July 2012 – The Rio+20 conference on Sustainable Development ended with the formal adoption of a 50 page document entitled 'The future we want,' which gives a thorough overview of the varied and urgent challenges the global community faces.

It is unequivocal on poverty, environmental degradation and climate change.

But, much of this text is a restatement of what we have heard before, a compendium of past promises.

Does the document have the requisite framework for action, and were the means of implementation - targets, goals and money - also agreed on to get the future we need?

Does the text set humanity on a new course that offers a vision for a new world?

As the negotiators left Rio, will the world be any different?

Will their agreement lead to sustainable development and poverty eradication?

 You are cordially invited to a Rio+20 report back

Date: 17 July
Time: 17h30 for 18h00 – 20h00
Venue: Mirriam Cele Room, Diakonia Centre in Diakonia Avenue, Durban
Nawaal Domingo (Research officer, SDCEA)
Patrick Bond (Director, Centre for Civil Society)
Bobby Peek (Director, groundwork)

RSVP:  Busi at 031 310 3500 or by 13 July.
(Please indicate whether you would require parking when you RSVP)

Kudzai Taruona, Communications Coordinator at Diakonia Council of Churches at (+27) 31 310 3551 or (+27) 74 970 7882