This March, the UN in New York hosted a informal negotiations to piece together a plan of action for the largest UN gathering of the year due in June in Rio. The latest draft has 206 pages. It has to be brought down to a tenth or a fifth of its present length. At the end of the first reading, the key issues to be addressed by the summit have become clear. Each issue is still hotly contested, mainly along North-South lines. A major divisive issue is that of the “green economy.” Developing countries are uncomfortable with this concept.


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