Sunday, April 21, 2024

EDITORIAL: Too much talking, too little action


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WITH VERY LITTLE to show in the last two decades, participants at this week’s United Nations conference in Barbados ahead of the Rio +20 Summit will probably not even achieve its stated goal of raising the level of understanding across the region.
The meeting was chaired by our own Elizabeth Thompson, an executive coordinator of for the second UN Global Earth Summit. It is designed to set the strategy by Rio +20 for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries that could help to shape the outcome.
From June 20 to 22, the global conference designed to set a new agenda for sustainable development will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 years after the Earth Summit there which set the stage for the Kyoto Protocol.
The UN Conference For Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is seen as a crucial test of whether the global community can come together and take action on climate change or remain splintered and ineffective.
Recently, Surendra Shrestha, former leader of the UN Institutional Framework For Sustainable Development special task force and now director of the UNCSD’s Focal Point For Sustainable Development Goals, said that while there were obstacles to overcome, most countries now accepted that sustainability should be a core principle of any kind of development.
He noted that the first Rio conference was acclaimed as one of the most successful environmental forums in history, producing a set of clear agendas and principles for global communities to pursue development in a sustainable way.
Despite all the efforts of the past 20 years, the achievements are negligible, while the challenges multiply. It was noted that after the first Rio conference, global agencies were created to work on sustainable development, but they failed to deliver partly because they lacked integration and coordination.
This is perhaps the objective behind the Barbados meeting, and as some have said the mandates and responsibilities of about 40 agencies under the UN umbrella are either overlapping or fragmented. Hence, the institutional structure needs to be improved if any progress is to be achieved.
All around the world attempts have been made to promote sustainable developments, but with little success.
The challenge is to translate talk into action which has been the bane of the UN system.
Though this idea has been tossed up since the very first global environmental forum back in the 1970s in Stockholm, hardly anything has materialized. The problem is that sustainable development is not equated with economic development.
We can only hope that this week’s meeting in Barbados will result in concrete achievable proposals for the Rio Summit.


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