Making a frank assessment of the recently-concluded Rio+20 summit, a team of environmental experts from Teri maintained that despite not coming up with specific commitments, the meet did help re-focus on the issue of sustainable development.

Nitin Desai, former UN deputy secretary general and distinguished fellow Teri, emphasised India’s stellar role in ensuring that the Obama administration “did not whittle down the principles of equity that had been accepted by the former Bush administration”.

At Rio+20, the developing world reclaimed lost ground, but nobody committed to credible action

Why India protested the green economy agenda proposed by developed countries at Rio+20

India has slammed the advanced world for paying mere “lip service” to the needs of developing countries, while not doing much in reality to give them finances and transfer technology to help them pursue high growth while protecting the environment.

“Lot of lip service has been paid and is being paid by the developed countries to the idea that we are living in an increasingly inter-dependent world and that the developed countries have an obligation to help the developing countries. In practice, the overall situation on the ground, as I have pointed out in my speech at the Rio Conference, is not very flattering,”

Final document is being touted as victory for developing world, as it reiterates principle of common but differentiated responsibilities

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, came to an end last week. The conference declaration, entitled “The Future We Want”, is a weak and meaningless document. It aims at the lowest common denominator consensus, to say nothing consequential about how the world will move ahead to deal with the interlinked crises of economy and ecology. The question arises: is this the future we want or the future we dread?

Rio de Janeiro The developed countries, hamstrung by a prolonged economic slump, have reneged on their promise to set aside a fixed amount — 0.7% of their gross national product — to enable the res

Document for sustainable development drafted by negotiators from 194 countries

Negotiators of 194 countries have come out with a document for sustainable development, but missed the crucial point of funding and technology transfer by developed countries to help the developing and the poor nations embrace green development. This prompted India to express it was “a little disappointed” over a weak political commitment by developed countries for sustainable development.

Rio de Janeiro: India today said it is disappointed with the "weak" political will in developed countries to provide developing nations enhanced means of implementation of objectives of Green Econo

India on Thursday expressed disappointment with the “weak” political will of developed countries to provide developing nations with enhanced means to implement objectives of Green Economy, which it said will also be a “green-wash” if the process is not democratised.

As around 100 world leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gathered here for the Rio+20 Summit, India also firmly rejected unilateral measures and trade barriers under the guise of Green Economy, which was the buzz ahead of the deliberations here.

Rio de Janeiro : World leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gathered today to make a fresh bid to chart out a common environmental blueprint amid economic woes and discord, as a crucia