Via Portal ClippingMP | Correio Braziliense:
Less than two weeks before the Rio+20 conference, scheduled for June 13-22, Brazil continues to work behind the scenes to prevent the UN’s premiere event on sustainability from going down in history as a double failure.
The government’s first fear involves the event itself, given the number of signficant personalities expected to attend. The second concern will not be addressed until the final day of the conference on sustainable development, when national leaders are due to sign off on a document solemnizing points of agreement. Brazilian negotiators expect a final document that is much less ambitious than Brazil intends.
On the list of heads of state expected to attend, a number of A players have yet to confirm, such as Obama and Merkel. French prime minister François Hollande, recently elected, has confirmed attendance.
Leaders from the Brics— India, China, Russia and South Africa — and Brazilian officials will be present in Rio. President Dilma Rousseff says the Brazilian government will work until the last moment to meet the quorum. Diplomats fear the event will not live up to the signficance of Eco-92, the event that launched the current process.
In 1992, Brazil’s influence in international affairs was not as it is today, and then-President Fernando Collor lacked the distinguished reputation enjoyed today by former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — who proposed Rio+20 — and his successor, Dilma Rousseff.