Twenty years after Rio 1992, we are nowhere near the future that we want with respect to universal access to water. And our collective future is threatened with the further commercialization of nature. Join Water for the People Network and IBON International in a strategy session on the right to water and sustainability towards Rio+20 and beyond in Hanoi, Vietnam on June 10, 2012.
Despite calls for renewed political commitment to the principles and goals of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to address the unequal and unsustainable character of dominant development patterns, Rio+20 is inclined to reinforcing the same neoliberal framework that was the very cause of the multiple crises of today. The Green Economy, premised on the commodification of nature and ecosystem services, allows for business as usual and very well suits the interests of the corporate sector.
With the World Bank’s rhetoric shifting to public-private partnerships (PPPs), we ask, is the partnership in PPPs a “meeting of equals,” or is there an imbalance that allows the other party to manipulate the relationship?
As part of the Rights for Sustainability (R4S) Initiative, IBON International is inviting all civil society actors and government representatives who will attend the upcoming 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF 13) and the twelfth special session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC.SS.XII/GMEF) to its Greenroom activity entitled “Rights for Sustainability and Sustainable Development Governance”, which is slated for February 22, at 13.45 to 15.00h.
IBON International will be holding two side-events on climate finance in the coming Durban climate summit. “Improving development effectiveness in climate finance: challenges and opportunities” is an official COP17 side-event. “Financing climate justice: voices from the South” is a side-event in the summit’s alternative space called the “People’s Space.” People from government and civil society are invited to speak. The two side-events are co-organized with several other civil society organizations.
As part of our commitment to the upcoming Knowledge and Innovation Space at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan, South Korea, IBON International is organizing a mini-debate called “Southern CSOs: Receivers or Providers of Capacity Development for Global Policy Innovation?” This mini-debate shall feature speakers discussing successes and problems faced by Southern civil society organizations (CSOs) in capacity development for policy influencing – one side shall be expected to highlight the strengths and opportunities that Southern CSOs possess, while the other side shall highlight the challenges and constraints that they face.
The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) posted on its website a call for an International Day of Action on October 16, World Food Day. We are reposting it on the IBON International website, with the additional information that on October 20, PCFS and IBON will hold a panel discussion on Climate Change, Food Security and the Right to Food during the 37th session of the Committee on World Food Security at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Resource speakers will come from IBON, PCFS, Eastern and Southern Africa Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF), Pesticide Action Network – Asia and the Pacific (PAN-AP), and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD).