When you want to sit around a table to attempt to reach solutions about problems it usually does not help to exclude any qualified participant form sitting down. Unfortunately this is what is happening at the Rio+20 talks, Instead of organising agenda about solving the problem of development and our use of our environment not being sustainable, the parties are arguing as to who may pull up a seat.
The Palestinian delegation tried to pull up a chair, but the US delegation objected. The Palestinians point out that they are members of UNESCO and should be admitted under the All – States rule. For some reason, probably political and certainly not environmental, the USA differed in the interpretation of the rule, so instead of getting down to business and letting the Palestinians contribute to the discussions, there are technical arguments as to whether they should be excluded.
The leading Non-Governmental Organisations are also arguing but not so much about the environment, but about money. They want developed nations to pledge more money to undeveloped nations but that will not in itself solve environmental problems. In all 26,000 people will be attending and the NGO attendees form the largest number out of the attendees.
Clearly Rio+20 will not solve any environmental problems. There seems no point to it. The attendees should not stand on the order of their going, but go at once.