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The Rio+20 Conference (20 years after the original Earth Summit) was called to bring together world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups in order to discuss how the world can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on a planet with an ever-increasing population. However even before the conference started, it received a body blow with news that world leaders US President Barack Obama, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would not be attending. Now there is word that low goals and in-fighting are raising fears that Rio+20 could fail to make any impact leading an academic panel to voice their concerns.

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