Choosing Our Future: Recap and Report
Aug 28, 2012
TAI Director Lalanath deSilva speaks at the June 19th event 'Choosing Our Future'

If you weren’t able to make it to The Access Initiative’s June 19th event in Rio de Janeiro with Fundação Getulio Vargas Rio Program on Law and Environment, the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), you can now catch up on all the results. The Access Initiative (TAI), together with its partners, has released the ‘Choosing Our Future’ event report with a full summary of the day and its many components.

‘Choosing Our Future’ featured speakers, workshops, and presentations involving civil society members and government representatives from around the world, celebrating recent victories and identifying next steps in the push for global environmental democracy.

The morning session highlighted improvements in environmental governance around the world, from India’s establishment of a National Green Tribunal to Moldova’s successful accession to the Aarhus Convention. The morning also saw a number of exciting commitments, including Chile and UNECLAC’s push for a regional convention on Principle 10, demands by TAI partners in Indonesia and South Africa integrated into Open Government Partnership commitments, and UNEP’s advancement of Principle 10 through its implementation of the 2010 Bali guidelines.

Afternoon working sessions offered a chance for government and CSO representatives to build a 21st century agenda on Principle 10. Each workshop addressed an aspect of access rights in environmental governance, with the goal of identifying key opportunities and challenges for the future. The working sessions produced a series of goals and recommendations to ensure effective transparency and public participation in the “next generation” of Principle 10 reform. There were 13 working sessions in total, addressing topics such as Access to Information in Africa, Capacity for Effective Public Participation, Improving Public Participation for Vulnerable Communities, and more.

‘Choosing Our Future’ provided an important opportunity for Principle 10 actors to convene on the eve of the Rio+20 Earth Summit and build a cohesive agenda for the future of environmental democracy. To read the full list of recommendations and commitments, please see the attached event report.

Outcome Document: Choosing Our Future6.34 MB

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