Proposals by SustainUS Agents of Change: Rio+20 Delegation
Rio+20 Inputs: The Future We Want May 29, 2012
As youth, we will live in a world shaped by the outcomes of the Rio+20 Summit. With this in mind, we’ve drafted anumber of policy suggestions based on the most recent zero draft document put forth by the Co-Chairs on May22
. We call on Member States to adopt these proposals without delay.
The proposed text does a good job stating the importance of water as a human right. We welcome theproposed goal of achieving universal access to water and sanitation, and those related to global water efficiency.We also welcome the proposals to implement transboundary agreements. One concern is the lack of recognitiontowards the water-energy-food security nexus that poses a significant barrier to sustainable development.
States should approve the text that’s suggested by the Co-Chairs. Paragraphs 2 and 3can be streamlined to use space more efficiently. The goals recommended by the European Union should beincorporated into the final text.
Amended Water 2
: We recognize that water is at the core of sustainable development as it is closely linked to anumber of
[global and cross sectoral challenges including: poverty and hunger eradication, gender equality and women’s empowerment, public health, the water-energy-food security nexus, humansecurity, rural development, as well as for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems.]
In this regard,we reaffirm the commitments made in the JPOI and the Millennium Declaration regarding the development of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Water Efficiency Plans, ensuring sustainable water usethrough integrated water resource management and increased resource efficiency.
Fossil Fuel Subsidies
We have serious concerns about the direction of the text on fossil fuel subsidies. The Co-Chairs textseems to be a combination of the weakest proposals to dates. There are no targets, timetables, or a clear processfor moving this issue forward post-Rio. The overall sentiment is good, but the text doesn’t commit countries to doanything.
States should include a timetable for the complete phase out of fossil fuel subsidies.Protections should be put in place to ensure energy access for poor and vulnerable groups. G20 countries needto show leadership on this issue, having agreed to act in 2009.
New Energy 6:
We commit to the full public disclosure, rationalisation, and phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies by 2015. Phase outs should by accompanied with targeted measures to protect poor and vulnerable groups. Werecognize the need for economically advanced economies to act first and recommend all G20 countries phase out fossil fuel subsidies within the next budgetary cycle. All revenues saved from the phase out of fossil fuel subsidiesshould be redirected to clean technology development and renewable energy deployment.
Sexual and Reproductive Rights
The proposed text does a good job addressing the importance of sexual and reproductive rights. Thefocus on a human rights based approach to sexual and reproductive health is a welcome addition. We are alsoencouraged by the support for sex-disaggregated data and population projection data in planning and analyzingpolicies. In particular, we support the commitment of “ensuring universal access to safe, effective, affordable andacceptable modern methods of family planning,” an ambitious goal.
Retain in full: Gender 1, 4, and 5. Health 5, 7, and 9. Reaffirm CEDAW as an importantUN agreement relevant to women’s sexual and reproductive rights.