Postscript: Rio and After
The Rio Conference of 1992 briefly focused world attention on some of these problems, which are, of course, of world-wide significance. As ever, though, Latin America is uniquely well placed to act as a mediator between North and South. When in 1988 the idea that the United Nations should take the lead in problems of environment and development was first suggested, President José Sarney was quick to suggest that the proposed ‘World Summit’ should be held in Brazil. In the event it was his successor, President Collor, who welcomed more than 120 heads of state and government to Rio and presided over the conference, and ex-President Sarney was not even invited.
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