The Access Intiative makes powerful submission on governance to the Secretary General's report on Rio 2012
Nov 4, 2010

The Access Initiative after a successful Global Gathering held in Uganda from the 28-30 October has prepared a submission and case studies on experiences that address the progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development to the Secretary General’s report for Rio 2012. The contribution begins with a very important statement

“The international community has time and time again recognized and acknowledged that good governance is fundamental to sustainable development. None of the three pillars of sustainable development can ever be achieved without good governance. Sadly though, there is hardly any reference to good governance in the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) reports and tracking information .This sends a strong signal that nations are prepared to pay lip service to good governance but are unwilling to make serious commitments and carry through with reforms.”

The submission highlights the progress in the implementation of Principle 10 of the RIO Declaration and the gaps that still remain. Progress has been notable in the passage of access to information laws while the pillars of public participation and justice continue to lag further behind. Case studies were also provided on real life challenges partners face participating in environmental governance in their countries.

The submission makes it clear that Rio +20 should seriously consider including good governance (including access to information, Public Participation and Access to Justice) as an essential part of the discussion on a green economy and international sustainable development. It calls for an outcome document that recognises that the legacy of Rio+20 should include a decision either to (i) commit to begin the negotiation of a global treaty based on principle 10 or (ii) a set of regional treaties based on the principle or (ii) signal a decision and mechanism to push for countries to ratify the Arhus Convention.

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