Yesterday was the first day of the last round of negotiations before the high level meeting starts the 20th. The negotiations has begun, but was incredibly slow. It is several reasons for the slow pace of the negotiations, logistical problems has been a pain in the ass for us and for the negotiators. Access to internet is crucial in the meetings as the delegates has to be able to look up references and keep in contact with other people in their delegation if something is unclear, and the lack of proper internet connection did put a halt to the first meetings of the day. In addition to this meetings has been cancelled in the last minute or delayed which is confusing for all especially for us norwegians who are used to everything being on time, and not on brazilian time!
We have been following the group working on institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD) when the group overcame the logistical problems and finally could get to work, not much happened then either. At one point the representative for EU and for the G77 had to stop the meeting to have a private talk while the others just sat there staring out into the air for 15 minutes. One might think that it is a good thing that they are thorough but the problem seems to be that some states are too concerned about the particular wording rather than the larger structures of the text.
On tuesday, the last day of the Youth Blast, mr Zha Zukang the general secretary for the Rio+20 came to speak to the youth. He was as worried as us about the slowness of the previous negotiations and told us that we should not let the negotiators out of the building if they could not finish in time. If things continue like they have today we might have to take mr Zha’s words seriously and barricade the doors!
We are still working with the Major group for children and youth (MGCY) task force on governance, which is very constructive. There are a so many experienced and clever youth in the group and it is so inspiring to work with these people. Right now we are working on convincing the G77 to go with the proposal for paragraph 80 concerning the high commissioner for future generations. It is really challenging to influence a group consisting of so many different countries…
Today we are hoping that the negotiations concerning agriculture and food security, which were supposed to be yesterday but were suddenly cancelled, will take place. So far we have only been focusing on working on the high commissioner so its about time that we start thinking about agriculture which is also a crucial point in Spires positions.
Just in case someone haven’t read our positions you can find them here.
We had a long day yesterday but it was perfectly rounded up with a show with some nice and very danceable brazilian music and free wine! We are now ready for a new day hopefully with more productive negotiations than yesterday and some real ambition!
– Siv Maren Sandnæs (Spire´s representative in Rio)