Peoples statement on sustainable development and RIO+20: Page 2 of 4

Posted on 17 August 2011
  • and forestry reforms; and promote biodiverse ecological agriculture that benefit small producers, especially women and indigenous people. 
  • Stop profit-oriented exploitation and destruction of natural resources that destroy lives and livelihoods. 
  • Stop industrial corporate agriculture and fisheries. 
  • No to renewable energy that depends on monoculture and biomass extraction. 
  • Respect and promote community-based and farmer-driven efforts in organic agriculture,seedbanking and on farm improvement of crop varieties and animal breeds. 
  • People-centred sustainable economies should promote the rights of indigenous peoples andlocal communities in accordance with UNDRIP including rights to land and resources, and free,prior and informed consent (FPIC).
On the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development
To deliver on the promises of the first Earth Summit, there is a need for an effective and democraticinstitutional framework that can and will ensure economic progress, social equity and environmentalprotection – the three pillars of sustainable development -- in an integrated and holistic manner. This governance architecture must operationalize and implement the Rio principles including the Right toDevelopment, common but differentiated responsibility, the polluter pays principle and theprecautionary principle.
  • Building a strong apex body on sustainable development that works on a global level and can integrate the disparate United Nations bodies working on one of the three pillars of sustainable development is desirable. Options that should be explored include transforming the Commission on Sustainable Development into a Council on Sustainable Development, or establishing a UN Organization on Sustainable Development. 
  • Rio+20 should work for the immediate establishment of a broad inclusive multi-stakeholderconsultative body or network tasked with supporting the promotion and implementation of Agenda 21 and Rio+20 resolutions. Such body should be participatory, democratic, and have anintegral multi-stakeholder character that accords civil society with equal rights and equal voiceas governments. 
  • Ultimately, the effectiveness of a global body on sustainable development rests on the effective functioning of similar institutions at the local and national levels and its relevance to people’s lives.
On New and Emerging Issues
  • The UNCSD 2012 must affirm and strengthen internationally-agreed principles and objectives for sustainable development at all levels of government. All actors should be held accountable to well-established international standards and conventions – e.g. Right to Development, Human Rights conventions, Extractive Industry Accountability, Transparency Accountability Initiative,etc. 
  • Reorganize international trade, investment, finance and development cooperation relations around rules that value, respect, protect and fulfill people’s rights; economic, social, gender ecological and climate justice; economic sovereignty and self-sufficiency. 
  • Enhance development cooperation in support of sustainable development. Commitments from the North in the form of adequate financing (according to common butdifferentiated responsibility), appropriate technology cooperation, and needs-based capacity building are of utmost importance to support developing countries make a just transition to sustainable development pathways. 
  • Developing countries and their development partners should evaluate the coherence of their policies in trade and investments and rectify those that are incoherent with sustainable development. Repudiate unequal trade and investment agreements. 
  • Restructure foreign direct investments in the context of South-South Cooperation (not North-South or South-South competition) to include regulatory controls and a transition period. 
  • Uphold food sovereignty to address the food crisis. Communities should have the right todetermine their patterns of food
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