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Members of Civil society react to the state of the Rio+20 Negotiations, expressing their frustration with the "lack of energy" in the process. UNTV
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STORY: UN / RIO +20
TRT: 2.07
SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATE: 4 MAY 2012, NEW YORK

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FILE – UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

4 MAY 2012, NEW YORK

2. Wide shot, press conference
3. Cutaway, journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Neth Dano, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group), United States:
“We are utterly frustrated and disappointed that there is not much energy being brought into this process by governments, I’m sad to say, and you can actually feel and see that lack of energy in the very slow process, very painfully slow process of negotiations that we have seen in the pasty weeks.”
5. Cutaway, press briefing
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Neth Dano, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group), United States:
“In the agriculture front we see a lot of farmers organizations and also NGO’s that are supporting people’s organizations, engaging and putting on the table very concrete proposals on how to improve farmers and NGO participation in the decision making on sustainable development in agriculture sector in particular, all of those are lumped in paragraphs, the jungle of paragraphs in 54, on that part of agriculture and could really be very, very sad if those proposals will just be lost in this very slow, painfully slow process of negotiations. We really ant those issues discusses. We want engagement among member states, with member states we have been engaging with them and we want something concrete and possible to come out.”
7. Cutaway, press conference
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jouni Nissenen, Finnish association for nature conservation, Finland:
“The negotiations are difficult and slow, but we still believe that to win these difficulties in the negotiations and to help the world to a better tomorrow, financially, socially and environmentally the governments have to work together to overcome this lack of trust that is now prevailing in this negotiations. Because of the financial crisis everybody, all the governments are pulling back, but we just think that that is not the way to do it. Cooperation requires exactly the opposite, when things are bad we have to work together.”
9. Wide shot, press conference ends

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Members of Civil society today (4 May) expressed their frustration with the “slowness” of Rio +20 negotiating process.

At a press conference today at United Nations headquarters, Neth Dano from the “Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration” (ETC Group) said that she was “utterly frustrated and disappointed” with the lack of energy being brought into the process by governments.

She said “you can actually feel and see that lack of energy in the very slow process, very painfully slow process of negotiations that we have seen in the pasty weeks.”

Dano also said that on the agricultural front, a lot of concrete proposals on how to improve farmers and NGO participation in the decision making process will be lost in the “jungle” of paragraphs of documentation.

Jouni Nissenen, from the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation also said that the negotiations were “difficult and slow.” He added that he still believed that to win those difficulties in the negotiations and to help the world financially, socially and environmentally, governments would have to work together to overcome “this lack of trust that is now prevailing in this negotiations.”

Nissenen said that due to the financial crisis all the governments were pulling back and that “cooperation requires exactly the opposite, when things are bad we have to work together.”

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), better known as Rio+20 will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

World leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will negotiate a final document with clear steps to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.

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