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‘Common but different’ – the truth about words at Rio+20

Some of the language and terminology of UN processes like Rio+20 can be cumbersome, and sometimes belie the subtle, and as often not-so-subtle, realities of wider geopolitics. So in this slightly technical blog post I’ll be exploring, as an example, the differing interpretations of the delightful phrase “common but differentiated responsibilities”… “Common but differentiated responsibilities […]

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More textual manoeuvres in the dark at Rio

The text! The text! Most of  the talk yesterday and today has been about the latest negotiating text, released by the Brazilian chairs at the weekend after much anticipation. To say it has been a disappointment would be something of an understatement. As soon as I arrived at the vast Rio Centro convention centre, the venue for this week’s Rio+20 […]

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