Brazil pushes for agreement on outcome document for Rio+20Listen /
Brazil is "cautiously optimistic" that an agreement can be reached on the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
That's according to the country's Foreign Minister, Antonio Patriota, who says the Brazilian delegation is working hard to ensure the ongoing negotiations are successful.
Mr. Patriota says the Brazilian delegation has been involved in the effort to bridge differences on topics in the document being negotiated.
"I think we have improved the dynamics in the negotiating process over the last session in New York. So we start this last stretch here in Rio optimistic, cautiously optimistic, as the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, that we might actually be able to present to our leaders a clean text, as clean a text as possible. This doesn't mean that we are underestimating the divergences. There is still quite a bit of work to be done."
World leaders will meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20-22 June, to agree on actions to be taken to promote development while protecting the environment.