If you seek a very short and simple explanation of how Rioplus20 works and what would a positive outcome look like, this page is for you.The start line is a video of less than eight minutes, in which Aron Belinky, Vitae Civilis’s coordinator of international affairs, simplifies this world of ideas, in form as well as in content.
On the procedural aspect, the video explains there are basically three tracks for Rioplus20: the official, the semiofficial, and the autonomous, provided by several civil society organizations. It is important to realize Rioplus20 is not concealed inside of the diplomatic forum. In all three tracks there are ideias, debates, projects and concrete results are expected.
In regards of the content, or, in Rioplus20 own words, “the future we want”, the presentation uses the diagram of the doughnut, elaborated by Oxfam. The diagram presents the planetary boundaries that must be respected in order to avoid ecological collapse, like climate change and biodiversity, but it also adds minimal social boundaries, based on human rights, such as access to education, nutrition, health and political participation.
To Vitae Civilis, if the proper indicators for both top and bottom global limits are monitored and respected, we will all have, at last, a clear path to sustainable development for the upcoming years.
Watch the video below. If you want further information, you can also check out the exclusive interview with Kate Raworth, author of the Doughnut report, as well as discussion papers for download and the schedule for related debates in Rio.