USA: Toxics in Communities- A conference
Jun 8, 2010

WRI is proud to announce that we are a co-sponsor of this year’s Toxic Release Inventory and Environmental Conditions in Communities conference. This conference is one of the premier conferences discussing access to environmental information in the United States and in American Indian lands.

At this point, we are actively seeking individuals and organizations who would like to present at the conference between November 1-4, 2010 in Washington, DC. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the state-of-the-art in TRI policy and research and to present your findings or experiences.

Please submit an abstract according to the guidelines in the attached document.

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Civil Society is part of the answer...
3:13am - Oct 6, 2010

This gathering at least can prepare US public opinion on the importance of civic involvement in the public debate about to shaping the way we think and weigh in local, national and transnational issues relevant to environmental issues… answers to questions why Africa yet rich cannot avail of its resources… and why politics have a lot to do with the status quo…leading the way to a dynamic but yet unknown driving engine… Civil Society organisations… It is noted that in the 1970s and 1980s, notorious east European intellectuals coined the concepts of civil society and voluntarism as they sought means to frame peaceful grassroots dynamics to create a “parallel polis” and limit the scope of communist power by and large. After the lost decades of developments, the 1980s became the decade of “rectification,” in some ways, echoing Soviet perestroika leading to the collapse of east European radical communism. With regards to the above contextual frameworks, non governmental actors in the development scene have shown flexibility in the delivery of their assistance package with less bureaucracy. In other words, civil society’s organizations (CSOs) -independent journalists, academics, consumer organizations, action committees, environmental advocacy groups- across board, demonstrated pragmatism in making sure the needs of the poor are satisfied and their rights respected. To date, most assessments conducted over CSOs emphasize on their involvement level within local development practices, showing not that much interest in defining their core characteristics. Indeed unlike NGOs, CSOs played an important role as facilitators of a broader policy dialogue before being identified as a succinct entity with a specific identity. Due to conclusive outcomes led by CSOs in the development arena, most donors stressed the importance of involving these organizations in all national consultation processes.

Demba NDIAYE

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