So shockingly enough, as I (and many others) predicted, the much vaunted Rio+20 conference has resulted in… not much. What is interesting though, is the statements being made by some of the leaders of the big NGOs.
Here’s a couple of quotes from the article in the Guardian:
“sophisticated UN diplomacy has given us nothing more than more poverty, more conflict and more environmental destruction” – Lasse Gustavsson, executive director for conservation at WWF
“Sustainable development will have to happen without the blessing of world leaders. Governments will need to play catch-up” – Lasse Gustavsson, executive director for conservation at WWF
“Civil society has to take action. They must do what they do.” – Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam GB
“…the important thing is to see Rio as a catalyst for people around the world. Now it’s our turn to take the energy of people and convert that into action.” – Peter Lehner, executive director of the National Resources Defence Council
The idea that it should be civil society – the people, essentially – that have to do this, is one that we at Simpol have been doing our best to spread for ages now. Could it be that the big NGOs are finally starting to pick up on this?
Will they translate that realisation into the kind of action necessary – into simultaneous policy?
Watch this space I guess!