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UNITED NATIONS -- THE FUTURE WE WANT
Recognizing the importance of civil society or stakeholder sectors – (i]or Major Groups as
they are categorized in Agenda 21 – the Rio+20 Bureau’s co-chair ... invited Major Groups to
submit their amendments to the Rio+20 Zero draft outcome to him. The Secretariat has compiled these amendments into one single document.
112. We call for the fulfilment of all official development assistance commitments,
including the commitments by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per
cent of gross national product for official development assistance to developing countries
by 2015, as well as a target of 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of gross national product for official
development assistance to least developed countries.
126. We support the eventual phase out of market distorting and environmentally harmful
subsidies that impede the transition to sustainable development, including those on fossil
fuels, agriculture and fisheries, with safeguards to protect vulnerable groups.
Report: UN to consider $1,300 green tax on US
Diplomats at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro next week will consider proposals that would levy taxes on American families and energy industries in order to support international efforts to combat global warming, according to a draft agenda for the conference.
"We recognize that subsidies for non-renewable energy development should be eliminated and replaced with a global tax on the production of energy from non-renewable energy sources," the UN draft agenda, amended by non-governmental organizations at the invitation of the UN, says. "The income of this tax should be allocated to renewable energy development."
The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) has reported that the Obama administration's negotiators are surreptitiously planning at the UN Climate Change Conference underway in Durban, South Africa, to agree to a tax on US transactions to fund a UN-sponsored "Green Climate Fund."
"We have learned that while many have discounted this conference, knowing that a full climate treaty is difficult to achieve especially with a U.S. Senate that will not vote to ratify," CFACT says. "Obama and his fellow climate travelers are working around the Senate and planning to stick America with the bill."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will lead a delegation of officials to the United Nation's sustainability conference in Rio de Janeiro from June 20-22, the State Department said Tuesday, signaling a stronger U.S. commitment to the summit.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson will serve as alternate head of the U.S. delegation with special envoy on climate change Todd Stern as chief negotiator.
Todd D. Stern, the Obama administration’s special envoy for climate change, was put on the defensive by a narrative developing here that the United States opposed any further action to address global climate disruption until after 2020, when the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, a primary United Nations climate agreement, and voluntary programs negotiated more recently will have run their course.
He firmly denied that the United States was dragging its feet and, somewhat ambiguously, endorsed a proposal from the European Union to quickly start negotiating a new international climate change treaty.
“It is completely off base to suggest that the U.S. is proposing that we delay action until 2020,” Mr. Stern said. He detailed a number of domestic and international actions that the United States had taken and said that he and other administration officials were working on others, like finding ways to raise tens of billions of dollars to help poor nations adapt to a warming planet.
“Taking all of those things together, it’s nonsense to suggest that what we are doing is proposing a kind of hiatus in dealing with climate change until after 2020,” Mr. Stern said. “So, I just wanted to make that clear ... ."
President Obama's team of negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference may agree to a tax on foreign currency transactions, designed to pay for a "Green Climate Fund," that would fall disproportionately on American travellers and businesses, according to a group attending the conferences.