We face the Rio +20 Conference with deep concerns about the state of the formal United Nations negotiations and the policies that are being promoted by governments on environmental matters, specifically in the area of waste. (…)
Waste pickers from the National Movement (MNCR), Uruguay, Colombia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and India, marched together with thousands of social movements from around the world yesterday, June 20, at the People’s March.
At a panel organized by the National Movement of Waste Pickers in Brazil, several speakers from different social movements and organizations spoke about the removal of street vendors, homeless populations, and waste pickers that has been happening with increasing frequency as Brazil develops and takes on mega-events such as the World Cup and the Olympics. The panel was called, “Resisting the Hygienization of Urban Centers.”
Waste pickers at Rio+20 & the People’s Summit: One foot in the social movement, the other in the U.N. convention center
The People’s Summit: a vibrant, sprawling stretch of social movements in their full glory. White tents spread across kilometers of public park near the city center, teeming with political activities, decrying a false green economy that incentivizes pollution and the commodification of natural resources.
Catadores na Cúpula dos Povos/ Recicladores en la Cumbre de los Pueblos/ Waste pickers at the People’s Summit
Informe do Grupo de Articulação Internacionalizado.
A um mês da conferência das Nações Unidas Rio+20, os povos do mundo não veem resultados positivos no processo de negociação que está ocorrendo na conferência oficial. Ali não se está discutindo um balanço do cumprimento dos acordos alcançados na Rio 92, ou como mudar as causas da crise. O foco da discussão é um pacote de propostas enganosamente chamado de “economia verde” e a instauração de um novo sistema de governo ambiental internacional que o facilite.