13 Days before UNCSD
What is our expectation for Rio + 20? There are wide range of expectations from a revolutionary change of global economic regime, reaffirmed the existing economic position status quo with additional green economy dimension,or just enjoy the exhibition and series of discussions. 12 000 persons are expectedly will attend the event. Each participants has prepare its attendance about one year prior RIO 20 to ensure their concern as well interest would be accommodated in the final outcome document.
ACT Alliance secretariat also doing its best for Rio+ 20 preparation; from submiting to the UN (jointly with APRODEV) inputs to the zero draft , submitting an ecumenical position paper, facilitating members’ engagement on the negotiations on the zero draft on national / country group levels , always update the result of informal-informal negotiations in NY, distributing a template letter for members to send to their governments on the negotiations , prepared a webpage from which material and news can easily be found ((http://www.actalliance.org/what-we-do/issues/rio-20 ), supported and collaborated with the Ecumenical Coalition to coordinate ecumenical and inter-faith action within the People’s summit and the Religions for Rights area, supported the accreditation of ACT memers to the UNCSD, and held skype meetings to analyse jointly the state-of-play in the negotiations.
With the material and tool kit published by ACT Alliance, Yakkum as the member has also implementing survey on Indonesian CSO perception on sustainable development. The findings than to be reported to Indonesian government delegation as CSO input for Indonesian President speech in the UNCSD. We also agree to have coordination with Indonesian delegation at Rio. Not only Yakkum, from the website I also learned that major member of ACT also give special attention to Rio+20.
Learning from long preparation done by member of state, UN bodies, CSO and private , it seems the world so exiting with Rio +20; every participants, including ACT Alliance want to contribute its best for SD. The question is whether all expectation can be accommodated in the final outcome document of Rio +20? From my keywords analyses of the latest draft of outcome documents, I found that the major terms advocated by CSOs has been accommodated, but in perspective of current growth agenda. There are no any paradigm change in the outcome document. So we may pessimistic to the satisfied outcome of the conference. How ever from the faith based perspective ACT should think positively, utilize the momentum of Rio+20 for member awareness building and uniting all initiative into one vision of our never ending struggle for sustainable development. It is also a good opportunity for act alliance to develop networking to strengthen he future advocacy for sustainable development.
The effort of south America countries especially Brazil to escape from global economic domination and decide its own identity and autonomy toward sustainable development attracting me to come earlier to Rio. The first day in Rio, been impressed by public awareness building initiated by Fundacao Good Planet. I was not only impressed, but transformed by 120 photograph exposition of Yann Arthus- Bertrand. Each big size photo ( 120X 240 cm) tell the beauty of the planet and its danger of destruction in the future. The title of the outhor preface is “I saw the earth change” He said “ Our planet is far more beautiful than I imagined…the beauty that I discovered through my photography was transformed me and I become environmentalist …. I sow the earth change over the 20 years I spent photographing it, …..truly frightening “. I really transformed by each picture, that also noted by number and figure of reality of human kind under the planet. I impressed on his honest not only telling the degradation, but also the improvement of our civilization. A Terra vista do ceu exposition is located in a front of Teatro Municipal, just nearby Itajuba hotel where the ACT delegation will stay. This exposition hopefully also transform the participants to develop a consensus of the outcome document, and more importantly develop action plan commitment toward sustainable development. (Sigit Wijayanta, June 9, 2012 )
Photo :The smallest monkey in the world at Museu da Republica Park by Setya Dharmaja