August 17, 2011
We, 52 women and men from 18 countries ? Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China and Hongkong SAR,India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Spain,Thailand, Timor Leste, USA, and Vietnam ? and representing peasants, agricultural workers, fisherfolk,indigenous peoples, workers, women, youth and students, refugees and stateless persons, academia,environmental and support NGOs and networks met for the ‘Promoting a Transformative Agenda forSustainable Development: A Strategy Workshop on Rio+20’ on August 15?17, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.
We have come to this meeting fully aware that twenty years after the UN Conference on theEnvironment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, popularly known as the Earth Summit, the world isfarther than ever from reaching the goals of genuine people?centered sustainable development. Themulti?faceted, yet interconnected crises encompassing the economic, political and ecological spheresare causing unparalleled suffering all over the world. Worst afflicted are people from poor countries,most especially women and indigenous peoples.
This crisis of global capitalism further propels profit?driven and unsustainable development that causesirreversible damage to the world's environment. This crisis results in the global climate meltdown, theappropriation of natural resources and the destruction of lives and livelihoods, especially of ecologicallysensitiveindigenous and traditional livelihood systems.
Rio+20 in 2012 thus comes at an opportune time, when the world’s governments and peoples areobliged to think of alternatives to the current development model with its ever?increasing failures. Itpresents opportunities to push urgently and comprehensively the agenda for genuine people?centeredsustainable development.
Indeed, solutions exist. And they are in our hands, the people, who in our communities, workplaces,farms and forests, make the building blocks of genuine people?centered sustainable development. Aswe strengthen and consolidate our movements to achieve genuine economic, political, social, gender,ecological and climate justice, we call on the leaders of governments, multilateral institutions and otherstakeholders to heed the people’s calls for genuine sustainable development.
We urge governments and the UN system to deliver and not backtrack on the promises andcommitments made in Rio twenty years ago.
In particular, we put forward these messages:
On the Green Economy
We are alarmed at the corporatization of the Green Economy agenda. We believe that technologicalfixes and market?based incentives are false solutions to the ecological and climate crises and will notadvance sustainable development.
For sustainable economies to develop, it is crucial to democratize ownership, control and decisionmakingover productive resources and assets. We should move from a capital investment model towards an appropriate mix of more democratic modes such as cooperative, community?based anddriven, commons or public forms of ownership to ensure that economic activity provides sustainablelivelihoods and meets the developmental goals of the community and society.
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. Thisgovernance architecture must operationalize and implement the Rio principles including the Right toDevelopment, common but differentiated responsibility, the polluter pays principle and theprecautionary principle.
On New and Emerging Issues
Communities have shown extreme resilience and creativity in confronting the spiraling multiple crises,utilizing various mechanisms not just to survive, but also to assert their economic, social, cultural andpolitical rights. In the midst of this protracted crisis of the global capitalist system, people dare toimagine and build a new world where development means promoting the well?being and dignity of all;where prosperity is created through shared resources and efforts; where nature’s limits are respected;and where nations, peoples and communities cooperate to ensure democracy, justice, equity, peace andprosperity for all.
Today, even more so than twenty years ago, people of the world are aware that the challenge ofgenuine sustainable development requires no less than the profound transformation of societies and ofinternational relations. We must all rise up to the challenge. #
Aidwatch Philippines Anakbayan?California/Katarungan?Washington DC, USA Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), Lebanon Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC), Hong Kong Asia Pacific Forum for Women, Law and Development (APWLD) Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), Philippines Burma Environmental Working Group (BEWG) Center for Community Economics and Development Consultants (CECOEDECON), India Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Sri Lanka Center for Peoples Democratic Governance (CPDG), Philippines Centre for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas (CSDM), Vietnam Centre for Sustainable Rural Development, Vietnam China Association of NGOs (CANGO), China Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Bangladesh Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) Dignity International Earth Rights International
Development Research and Training–Kansanga Kampala Uganda
Ecumenical Institute for Labor Institute (EILER), Philippines
Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD), Bangladesh
Forum of Womens NGOs of Kyrgyzstan
Foundation for Consumers, Thailand
Green Movement of Sri Lanka (GMSL)
International NGO Forum for Indonesian Development (INFID), Indonesia
Institute for Motivating Self?Employment (IMSE), India
Instituto de Estudios Politicos para America Latina y Africa (IEPALA), Spain
Khmer Institute for Democracy (KID), Cambodia
Korean Civil Society Forum on International Cooperation (KOFID), South Korea
Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM), South Korea
Korea NGO Council for Overseas Cooperation (KCOC), South Korea
Local Development Institute, Thailand
ODA Watch Korea
Participatory Research and Development Initiative (PRDI), Bangladesh
Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PAN AP)
Peoples Movement on Climate Change (PMCC)
Peoples Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, South Korea
Public Interest Research Centre, India
Reality of Aid Asia Pacific (ROA?AP)
Roots for Equity, Pakistan
Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN), Burma
Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE), Philippines
Sustainable Rural Development (SRD), Vietnam
Thai Committee for Refugees Foundation, Thailand
Timor Leste NGO Forum/FONGTIL
World Society for the Protection of Animals – Southeast Asia Office
Vikas Adhyayan Kendra (VAK), India
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