NGOs call for progress on sustainable development

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Non-governmental organizations are urging states to make progress in negotiations for a final agreement on how to promote economic development while protecting the environment.

The call comes as delegates continue to negotiate an outcome document for the UN conference on sustainable development known as Rio+20 to be held in Brazil later this month.

Rajiv Joshi of OXFAM and GCAP, the Global Call to Action against Poverty, said at a news conference in New York on Friday that a logjam in Rio+20 negotiations is of concern to NGO's.

"One of our big concerns around this delay is that the delay is not an option. It's not an option for communities whose oceans are sweeping away their livelihoods. It's not an option for farmers whose crops are drying up due to climate change. It's not an option also for people living in poverty whose nutrition and whose food security is also under threat."

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Rajiv Joshi said NGOs are also concerned that it is still not clear whether leaders of major countries such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom will attend the Rio+20 conference.

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