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  • Published on: 10 Jun 2012

The pace of the talks still needs to be accelerated
Negotiators concluded on 2 June the last round of Rio+20 preparatory talks in New York on the Rio+20 Outcome Document, a round that had been added to give negotiators additional time to resolve differences before they arrive in Rio. "I sense a real dialogue-- a real willingness to find common ground," said Rio+20 Secretary-General Sha Zukang. "This spirit is encouraging, and we must carry it to Rio." But he added that the pace of the talks still needed to be accelerated in order to complete the negotiations by the end of the next and final Preparatory Committee meeting, from 13 to15 June in Rio de Janeiro, ahead of the Conference.

"I see a half dozen, or so, key deliverables that could really make a difference," Mr. Sha told the closing session of the informal negotiations. "First, we can - I dare to say, will - launch a process at Rio to define sustainable development goals as a central feature of a post-2015 development framework." He noted that there were a few crucial issues still to be resolved, such as how to ensure that the goals integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, the process to develop the SDGs, and whether to include an indicative list of priority areas for possible goals.

Other areas where Rio +20 can make a difference, he said, would be agreement to explore and share experiences and knowledge of "green economy policy options" as tools to advance sustainable development and poverty eradication, and to make decisions on key elements of the international institutions needed to support sustainable development.

Mr. Sha also called for strong, action-oriented outcomes that would advance progress on key issues such as food security and sustainable agriculture, energy, oceans, gender equality and women's empowerment, and education. He said there must be progress on the means of implementing action, including initiatives to strengthen financing, technology transfer and capacity building, in support of sustainable development.

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