Outside Reading: Will Upcoming UN Rio +20 Summit Be Successful

Today on Huffington Post under the GREEN section, you’ll find Jenny Barchfield’s,
United Nations Rio+20 Summit: Concerns Raised Over Lack Of ‘Transformational Change’.

The future of the Rio +20 summit, which will be held in Barra, Rio de Janeiro later next month, isn’t looking so good. With the recent announcements of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s decisions not attend, President Obama still not saying whether he’ll stay or go yet , a lack of interest in the summit from traditional American green groups and the UN itself still bracketing and not doing on the zero draft document, Barchfield’s article highlights many more bumps, if not downright sinkholes, in the road to Rio. Most upsetting are the exorbitant hotel fees and lack of hotels which could gouge unsuspecting gringos in the first place. When I spoke with MGFI she said, “That’s the way of the Brazilian businessman. Sell for few people with the highest price instead of selling for all with the lowest price.” Well, fewer and fewer people might be buying during occasions like this in the future. I hope not.


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