For the 20th anniversary of the Rio Conference on Sustainable Development, the United Nations is preparing a new World Summit on Sustainable Development: Rio+20 from June 4 to 6, 2012, in Brazil. Discussion forums, photo contest, Facebook, Twitter, and a dedicated website will help mobilize throughout the upcoming year. Support the initiative by spreading the word!
Rio+20 is an important step before 2015, the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. Ten years after the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, where Jacques Chirac confronted States with their responsibilities and warned of the urgency to defend “biological and cultural” diversity, this international event is an especially vital opportunity to put humans and their environment at the top of the international agenda. “Ten years after Rio, we do not have much to be proud of. The implementation of Agenda 21 is laborious,” lamented the President of the French Republic. He continued, “Awareness of our failure should lead us to conclude, here in Johannesburg, a global alliance for sustainable development.” It was to be a global organization for the environment, a project France defends still today.
Heir of Jacques Chirac’s commitments, the Fondation Chirac also strives to spread the idea that, “There are global public goods and we must manage them together. It is time to affirm and uphold a higher interest for humanity, which clearly exceeds the preoccupations of the individual countries that compose it…” as Jacques Chirac stated in 2002.
The Foundation is organizing the Forum for “Solidarity for Water in Niger Basin countries” on October 17 and 18, 2011. It is designed to be a tool to elicit solutions and improve access to water and sanitation in this region. Without water and sanitation, the fight against poverty will not advance. Without a smooth management of natural resources (land-water-energy), development will not be sustainable, social and environmental imbalances will not disappear…
2002-2012: we have become aware of the problem; it is now time to implement the solutions. Jacques Chirac said in Johannesburg: “We can not say we did not know! We must take care that the twenty-first century does not become, for future generations, one of a crime against all of humanity. “