ll the nations once again will meet in Rio de Janeiro inJune 2012 to discuss the uture o the world and thevery survival o the humankind. However, in general nonation has a success story to share other than so calledgrowth and increase o per capita income which is based on theover exploitation o the natural resources.
Most o the agreements made during the United Nations Conerenceon Environment and Development held in 1992 in the city o Riowere not successully implemented during the past two decades. Asa result world is acing a bigger environmental crisis, economic crisisand a social crisis which represent the three llers o the sustainabledevelopment. Today we are acing a Water crisis, climate crisis, oodcrisis, and energy crisis that lead to the social crisis appears as the civ-il wars in many parts o the world. There are many other wars due tothe intervention o the rich nations in order to looting oil and mineralresources owned by the poorer nations.At the International level, we see the ailure to reach targets agreedupon is the main issue. This is mainly because in conventional geo-political games o rich and bigger countries, they are not willing toaddress the root causes i.e. over consumption instead the rich na-tions engage in deception and trickery o poor countries. Despite therhetoric, the bottom-line is reusal to change liestyles and levels o consumption by the rich countries. As we have learned the politicalleadership is not ready to tell their people that they must change andcut down resources consumption, due to the ear o loosing power.Meanwhile we cannot orget that most rich countries have unullledpledges regarding development aid, which is blocking the poorercountries addressing their poverty issues.Growing disputes among the religious groups are aggravating in theworld. Disregard o religious teachings and the lack o involvemento the Religious leaders in managing the world especially promotingsustainable development and peace building is a lost opportunity.
“Religious leaders areplaying a very importantrole in peace building,natural resources man-agement and awarenessbuilding. Rio + 20 mustbring religious leadersor decision-making.”
Ven Madampagama Assaji Tero
“Civil society should be able to engage in decision making beyond just voting.Free and are election is just part o the democracy. Meanwhile independ-ence in Judiciary is important. Right to organize and right to oppose is a civilsociety right too. It is not enough to oppose via political parties. Civil society should be able to question the development paradigm o the regime and evenrequest budget allocation based on public requirements. Access to such in-ormation is a undeniable while civil society should eel zero corruption”.
Dharmasiri Lankapaeli, Journalist,