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Civil society, gov’t delegates decry attempts to scrub off rights language from Rio+20 : Page 2 of 2

Posted on 27 March 2012
Institute, spoke about Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration pertaining to access to information, public participation and access to justice on environmental matters.  He noted that, “There has been a lot of progress since 1992 with a near-universal adoption of legislation on public participation rules for Environmental Impact Assessments.”  He noted, however, that actual implementation still poses challenges, particularly in terms of the equitable application of these principles. For instance, how can Principle 10 work for poor people saddled by illiteracy and who cannot readily afford participation in terms of time and resources, he noted.
 
Mari Pitkänen, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, stressed that the dialogue between civil society and governments needs to be improved in order to achieve substantial gains.
 
Quintos of IBON International said the side event was a fruitful exchange between civil society and governments, helping forge greater unity in defense of rights for people and the planet. ###
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[For details about the Rights for Sustainability or R4S Initiative, please contact Paul Quintos of IBON International ( pquintos@iboninternational.org ) or Nathalie van Haren of Both ENDS ( nh@bothends.org ) .]
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