"Rio+20 Earth Summit: Walkout at 'Green Economy' Talks"

"Negotiators from developing countries insist wealthy nations must help fund their move to sustainable development"

"Europe's financial crisis should not be used as an excuse for inaction and underfunding of moves towards a more sustainable global economy, a senior Brazilian diplomat warned at the Rio+20 conference on Thursday as the UN talks suffered a disruption over money.

Negotiators from developing nations walked out of a core working group on the "green economy" because wealthy countries were refusing to include the transfer of money and technology that might achieve this goal.

The wobble was temporary but it bodes ill for the conference because negotiators were already running short of time to draft an agreement ahead of an Earth Summit next week that is billed as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set mankind on a more sustainable path of development."

Jonathan Watts reports for the Guardian June 14, 2012.


IISD Earth Negotiations Bulletin Coverage of Rio+20

"Prospects Grim for Rio+20 Summit" (China Post)

"Rio+20: Low Expectations for Actions" (Himalayan Times)

"Rio+20 summit: Brazil Mounts Massive Security Operation" (Economic Times)

"Feeding the World" (Voice of America)

"Doldrums as Rio+20 Gets Underway" (Forbes)

"Rio+20 Organisers Struggle To Untangle New World Disorder" (Guaardian)

Editorial: "Africa: Rio+20 - Global Community Strives for Sustainable Development" (AllAfrica)

"Rio+20 Challenge: Seeking Sanitation in the Slums Of Lagos, Nigeria" (Christian Science Monitor)

"RIO+20: In South Asia, It Is Survival That Counts ... Not the Environment" (Asahi Shimbun)

"Rio+20: Economic Growth at Core of Summit" (Climate Central)

Source: Guardian, 06/15/2012