Africa Progress Panel criticises failure of Rio+20 to deliver for Africa

25 June 2012, Geneva – Members of the Africa Progress Panel today expressed their disappointment at the failure of the Rio+20 summit to deliver meaningful and measurable commitments to combat climate change and its effects across Africa and in other developing regions.

Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, said:

“The lack of commitment to defined and measurable sustainable development goals at the Rio+20 Summit is a profoundly disturbing outcome. We have an obligation to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, who bear the brunt of the global ecological crisis – and to future generations, to do better.”

Other Panel members called for urgent action to help poorer nations and individuals make and meet commitments.

Michel Camdessus, member of the Panel and former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, said:

“I strongly agree with my colleague, Mr. Kofi Annan, in calling for a financial transactions tax as an innovative method for mobilizing development and climate change finance.”

Muhammad Yunus, member of the Panel and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, drew particular attention to the need for strengthened land rights protection and global standards for land acquisition:

“In the last decade, speculators have bought up over 134 million hectares of land in Africa — an area larger than the UK, France and Germany combined, threatening the livelihoods and the futures of the poor people who often live on this land.”

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