Brazil Blames US’s and EU’s Stinginess for Environmental Conference Failure

    Brazil participated Monday, February 6, in the final day of the Special Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

    The purpose of the meeting was to discuss rules for the handling of chemical products. The topics included universal labeling standards, risk evaluation of chemical substances that cause diseases such as cancer, information exchanges between developed and developing countries, and the formulation of national plans for safe storage of chemical products.

    The executive secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Cláudio Langone, who represented Brazil, reported in a telephone interview that the conference is ending in a huge impasse.

    "All the proposals presented for negotiation failed to receive a minimal consensus on the part of the rich countries. They refused to reach any agreement on allocating resources for poor countries to develop the technological capacity to handle these products."

    He explained that, "if we don’t get a consensus document now, the process is over, and we will have to begin the debate all over again practically from scratch."

    He went on to say: "It would take us several more years to reach the point we hoped to reach through this conference: changes in the way chemical products are managed."

    Langone also underscored the importance to inhabitants of poor countries of a strategically formulated international regulation for the handling of chemical products.

    "Without safe places to deposit these products, they place the population in situations of extreme risk," he said.

    In Langone’s view, "an international regulation governing the sale of prohibited products would considerably reduce the diseases caused by poisoning."

    Agência Brasil


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      Dead wrong !
      Brazil does not belong to the list of poor countries but developing countries.
      Putting you in one side when it pleases you and in another side when it pleases you too…is unfair.

      And why should the developed countries ALL the times put resources at your disposal, free of course, because of your inability and unwillingness to invest in R&D, high education for knowledge, laboratories etc etc etc ?????

      We paid our dues with long term investments. You did not do it, preferring to steal taxed money, through corruption and mismanagement !

      This is exactly the same problem with GM seeds where you dont want to pay royalties to Montsanto or AIDS drugs that you want with very little royalties or threaten to produce generics.

      Afterall these results came from very large amounts of money and long term investments. To continue research, a profit must be made somewhere in a new product. Otherwise there is no economical reason to invest….just as you did not !

      The free lunch is over.
      Now you invest in high education, research and technology, or you pay to others the results of their discoveries.

      And as to environmental problems, you could first stop deforestation of the Amazon and take all the garbage uncollected yet in your cities. No need of high technology to collect and incinerate garbage !
      Just commit yourselves for your own development !

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