Timothy Herrmann - July 6, 2012
The UNFPA left the Rio +20 conference on sustainable development without anything to show for its efforts. Not a single one of their hard fought suggestions ever made it into the text. Their presence at the conference could hardly even be felt, except through a few countries like New Zealand, Norway and Iceland, which were given the important task of both proposing and fighting for the inclusion of the population control language the UNFPA wanted in the document.
It has not announced that it was defeated, and all of its press releases related to the conference pretend as if the conference was a success for the agency.
But they lost. And it was embarrassing. Though hard to believe, the UNFPA, one of the most well funded and active UN agencies that exists, did not have any success at Rio +20 in affecting the final outcome document. But how could that be? The simple answer is the fear of population control.