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On the agenda today are “roundtables” among heads of state to discuss how to implement the much-criticized Rio 20 agreement released on Tuesday. Of particular concern: how to finance sustainable development initiatives.
But first, attention was diverted to flashier gatherings.
Indigenous peoples from Brazil and five other countries converged on the People’s Summit, which runs parallel to Rio 20, in Flamengo Park.
They released a declaration condemning the summit, held on the opposite side of the city: “The Green Economy is a crime against humanity and the Earth,” the text said. “In order to achieve sustainable development, states must recognize the traditional systems of resource management of the Indigenous Peoples that have existed for the millennia.”
Images and video emerged of a protest march of an estimated 50,000 people that shut down the streets of downtown Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. The march featured costumes, dramatic displays, and even nudity.
Elsewhere, a large, celebrity-backed campaign to ‘save the Arctic’ was launched at a news conference. Richard Branson, Paul McCartney and Ed Norton, a UN goodwill ambassador for biodiversity, were among the stars backing Greenpeace’s campaign to establish a UN resolution to establish protections in the Arctic against oil drilling and unsustainable fishing.
The issue of gender equality and the empowerment of women also came into the spotlight later in the day when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff appeared with Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN Women, and Gro Harlem Brundtland, the Former Prime Minister of Norway and advisor to Ban Ki-moon on climate change.
The Guardian gained some insight into the roundtable meetings form an unnamed diplomat: “They meet for about three hours a day. But even in those meetings, all they are doing is prepared speeches, rather than, say, rolling up sleeves and making major changes to the text or how it will be implemented.”
The deal involved commitments to invest in mining, technological innovation, aviation and infrastructure in each country as growth has slowed on both sides, as well as an agreement of currency swaps of as much as $29.46 billion.
On Friday, government leaders and other parties are expected to sign on to the agreement document, and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be scheduled to speak. Tune in to the developments at the UN’s live stream.