My Recommendation to the Rio+20 Dialogues

I had mentioned the Rio+20 Dialogues in a previous post and today I want to share with you all my personal recommendation to the Dialogues:
Agroforestry in combination with education to local farmers, incentivizing and monitoring governmental systems like REDD and a strengthened, regulated or overseen network of information for consumers to be better informed about products they are buying/ consuming and how they were grown.

Meat (beef) consumption is on the raise globally. I believe that it will continue to increase as the global population grows. Instead of fighting the consumption or ignoring it, I purpose that we as a global community should work with the raise in demand by teaching and incentivizing more holistic practices of agriculture, specifically in this case, Agroforestry with a focus on Silvopasture.

This I believe should be from the ground level up, insuring first that local communities are feed before their crops are exported to other communities, which, I believe, could also, in the long run, help to significantly decrease world hunger.

First with the help of locally based NGOs (who best know the needs, abilities of and issues facing the communities they are serving) and second with the help a larger more cohesive, noncompetitive properly networked group of global NGOs, possible global agriculture teaching and education programs (ATEPs) could be established by the UN with teachers like peacekeepers being sent worldwide to educate communities as to how best use their land by implementing more sustainable practices. They would teach things along the lines of how to build wells, how to harvest rainfall, how to grow produce using organic methods, how to properly filter water, what crops grow best on their particular lands, agroforestry practices, how to get their government’s assistance once governments have assistance in place and finally how to sell surplus crops to others.

I also believe that technology and a global effort to attempt to connect every region to a faster internet is crucial. This in combination with better literacy education worldwide could help communities in areas, where no UN teachers could be sent, gain access to information concerning implementation of more sustainable agriculture practices. Also they would have access to information on how to apply for government incentives/assistance, once they are in place and how to sell their surplus crops to other communities. While consumers would easily be able to access information concerning how what they are consuming is grown.

Please feel free to add to, correct or expound any of this recommendation and resubmit. I see this as an open source frame for a possible long term sustainable structure. This is not my idea. Hopefully it is ours.

If you like/agree with my recommendation, you can support it here, Agroforestry in combination with education to local farmers, incentivizing and monitoring governmental systems like REDD and a strengthened, regulated or overseen network of information for consumers to be better informed about products they are buying/ consuming and how they were grown. – Chesney H..

If you don’t like my recommendation, I still urge you to sign up and participate in the Rio+20 Dialogues. I believe that dissemination of ideas and civil discourse combined with local action are very important ingredients to a more sustainable future for us all.


Events: Rio+20

With so many exciting and possibly world changing events coming to Rio in the next several weeks…and years, today I want to talk about:


The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is better known as Rio+20 . In 27 days, the Riocentro in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro will host this latest Earth summit that will include world leaders (among which may or may not be US President Obama), NGOs, government participants, scientists and various groups. Promising to be an historic meeting that will attempt to, among other things, draft and agree upon a plan to bring the world together to help reduce poverty and increase and improve the use of sustainable practices and clean energy.

Dubbed Rio+20 because this summit marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit, where Agenda 21 was adopted by more than 178 governments. A blueprint for actions to be implanted by organizations of the UN, Agenda 21 challenged governments to act locally, nationally, regionally and internationally to help reduce poverty,change consumption patterns, develop better conservation and management of global resources and strengthen the role of women,indigenous people, farmers and children in the hopes of developing a future more sustainable global environment.

Agenda 21 was debated, negotiated and finalized at the 1992 Earth Summit similar to what is happening (or will ideally happen) with Rio+20’s Zero draft of the outcome document. The Zero draft currently includes a challenge to reaffirm principles and past action plans from set forth in Agenda 21. The Zero draft document will be debated, negotiated and hopefully finalized at this year’s summit in Rio.

“Rio+20 is a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the future.”, the UN’s site for the summit proclaims.
Hopefully a more sustainable bridge at that.

There are still ways for you to participate


If you are a member of a group and have not registered yet, do not worry, hotel rates have been cut by up to 60% and registrations and accreditations have been extended for major groups until 27 May 2012. That’s a small window but you still have time to get through it.


A great way to participate is online through theSustainable Development Dialogues. Separated into ten dialogues (Oceans, Water, Food and Nutrition Safety, Sustainable Development for Fighting Poverty, Sustainable Development as an answer to the economic and financial crises, Sustainable energy for all, The economics of sustainable development for all including sustainable patterns for production and consumption, Sustainable cities and innovation, Unemployment, decent work and migrations and Forests) you can join and participate in one or all of the dialogues. Most of which are still in the accepting recommendations phase. This is where you can be involved!
After recommendations have been voted on (more involvement for you) and chosen they will be “conveyed directly to the Heads of State and Government present at the Summit”.

Or, if you would just like to know more…

The discussions and the recommendations alone are very interesting to read and worth a visit to the Dialogues in and of themselves.

There is also the Rio+20 Resource Page with issue briefs, notes, documents and reports.

The unfolding events and talks at Rio+20 could have a major impact on all of our futures. The discussions alone might bring changes or could possibly shine lights on different countries’ current agendas. Whatever happens, it should be very interesting.

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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