The world’s poorest people will be worse off because the Rio+20 agenda was hijacked by inertia, says anti-poverty charity ActionAid.
As the 2012 Earth Summit comes to a close, ActionAid’s Clare Coffey says "Rio+20 was a wash-out and has put us back 20 years. Doomed from the start, the outcome document has nothing in it that will make tomorrow’s world a better place for poor people."
One of the few initiatives to generate any interest in Rio was Ban Ki Moon’s Sustainable Energy for All. But Coffey believes even this is most likely to be a backward step for poor people’s rights. "Sustainable Energy For All is masquerading as a pro-poor initiative but is likely to be more like a Trojan Horse for large-scale hydro, biofuel and even nuclear businesses".
"Rio+20 has been an epic fail for most of the people living on this planet," Coffey concluded.