Washington - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared the Rio+20 on sustainable development a "success," despite widespread disappointment among environmentalists over the lack any new enforceable environmental commitments.
"Rio+20 was a success," said Ban on Thursday. "It was an important victory for multilateralism after months of difficult negotiations. We saw the further evolution of an undeniable global movement for change."
He said the "the Rio+20 outcome document, entitled 'The Future We Want,' provides a firm foundation to build on."
Activists were disappointed that the final document failed to include a call to end subsidies for fossil fuels, language underscoring the reproductive rights of women, and some words on how nations might mutually agree to protect the high seas, among other things.