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Issue No:62
  • :0973-1121
  • :July
  • :2012
  • :English

 It is a fabulous place: when the tide is in, a wave-churned basin,
creamy with foam, whipped by the combers that roll in from the
whistling buouy on the reef. But when the tide goes out the little
world becomes quiet and lovely. The sea is very clear and the bottom
becomes fantastic with hurrying, fighting, feeding, breeding animals.

—from Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

 

Report : Rio+20

Fishing for Rights

The recent Rio+20: the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development proved significant for fisheries and fishworkers


This report has been written by Sebastian Mathew (icsf@icsf.net), Programme Adviser, ICSF


Eighty-eight Heads of State or Government and 30,000 people representing different constituencies attended Rio+20: the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20 to 22 June 2012, 20 years after the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

Rio+20 led to The Future We Want, a consensus document developed over three gruelling preparatory meetings and three rounds of informal negotiations spread over two years.

George Monbiot, columnist for The Guardian, characterized the outcome document as “283 paragraphs of fluff”. In addressing the world's environmental crises, leaders achieved little in Rio other than just expressing deep concern, he added.

Several organizations shared this dismal assessment. The New York Times reported that CARE, the American antipoverty organization, felt the conference was “nothing more than a political charade”. The global environmental group Greenpeace said the gathering was a “failure of epic...

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