Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, Rio +20 is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which is to take place in Brazil, in June 2012.
The event’s purpose is to focus on economic and social ways to build a sustainable future for peasants and traditional peoples whom are disadvantaged as a result of the capitalist system. In other words, the discussion will revolve around ways to improve international cooperation. This will be done to achieve sustainable development in regards to elite monetary decisions.
Via Campesina, an international movement which brings together millions of peasants, farmers and agricultural workers, participates in this social movement by gathering member organizations to compile struggles all over the world as means of demonstrating their solidarity to the governments that will be attending the Rio +20 meeting.
“Each struggle, each act of resistance, each territory that we retake should be the expression of this global unity in the face of the advance of the capitalist system over nature”(Via Campesina, 2012).
Via Campesina also calls for action at the People’s Summit for permanent mobilization going through the week of June 18 to 22 to express the fight against capitalism by organizing actions throughout the world such as marches in the cities, media campaigns, film showings and so on.
This is a call for action for those whom are living under norms that do not respect human rights. This is also a call for us, the “lucky ones”, to allow the next generations to come, our children and our grandchildren, to live in a sustainable future.
1. United Nations. Rio +20: The Future We Want. Web. 9 May 2012. Web. http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/about.shtml\
2. La Via Campesina. Rio +20 : International Campaign of Struggles: Peoples of the World against Commodification of nature. 9 May 2012. Web. http://viacampesina.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1265:rio20-international-campaign-of-struggles-peoples-of-the-world-against-the-commodification-of-nature&catid=48:-climate-change-and-agrofuels&Itemid