Jul 11, 2012
Access to Information and Open Government Data
photo credit: Flickr/babasteve

Open Data portals, as a means of providing citizens access to government data, are becoming increasingly popular platforms being adopted by governments internationally. On June 19, 2012, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Access Initiative (TAI) hosted the “Choosing our Future: Open and Participatory Sustainable Development Governance” event in Rio de Janeiro, alongside the Rio+20 negotiations.

Jul 10, 2012
Rio+20 in the Rear View: Countries Commit to Improve Environmental Governance
One particular high point of the Rio+20 was countries' commitments to improve governance. Photo credit: Flickr/D-Lab

More than a year ago, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon likened Rio+20 to a “free-market revolution for global sustainability,” calling for the event to inspire innovations that move the world toward more sustainable pathways to economic growth and development. Later in the year, U.N. Commission for Sustainable Development Chair, Sha Zukang, explained that the main difference of Rio+20 from earlier conferences “will be the sharp focus on renewing political commitments and on implementation…” Said Sha, “My message is: come to Rio ready to commit.”

Jul 10, 2012
Activist Ramesh Agrawal shot and injured
Ramesh Agrawal during his arrest in 2011

Ramesh Agrawal, partner of The Access Initiative (TAI) and RTI activist with the NGO Jan Chetna Manch, is in stable condition after being shot on the morning of Saturday, July 7th in his district of Raigarh. The long-time environmental advocate came to prominence due to his altercations with Jindal Steel and Power, Ltd (JSPL) and members of Jan Chetna Manch have accused JSPL of ordering the attack. Following the incident, Agrawal was rushed to the district government hospital where doctors removed two bullets from his thigh. No arrests have been made.

Jul 2, 2012
The June 19th side event of Rio+20 conference

On June 19th, 2012, at Fundacao Getulio Vargas Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the event called ‘Choosing Our Future: Open and Participatory Sustainable Development Governance’ was one of the side events of Rio+20 Conference. There were several working sessions held for governments, civil society groups, and intergovernmental organizations for meeting up and discussing about assess progress and advance proposals to move Principle 10 into its next generation of reforms.

Jun 25, 2012
Well its all over.. or maybe just beginning
Carole Excell at the airport

Today is my last day in Rio. I am at the airport getting ready to fly back to Washington DC. I have not written a blog in the last two days as things have been too frantic. We at the TAI Secretariat with partners

•Organized a governance event on advancing Principle 10 that saw almost 300 people prepare an agenda for action

•Successfully held a global gathering of 30 non-governmental organisations from all regions of the world to analyze the Rio +20 text and decide on joint programs to work on for the next two years to advance principle 10.

Jun 21, 2012
The Access Initiative: Rio+20 Call to Action

(French and Spanish translations in attachments)

Jun 19, 2012
Approved Text at Rio+20 Raises Hopes for Principle 10.

Government delegates attending the Rio+20 Conference approved the text for the outcome document to be presented to heads of state and other high level officials for adoption when they meet from June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro. The text was negotiated till the wee hours of the morning and Brazil, the host country, presented a new text to the delegates soon thereafter.

Jun 19, 2012
Day 2 confusing but inspired by the people I met

It’s my second day at Rio +20 and I think I spent most of the day wondering whether I was attending the “right” events and how to arrange to go places. I first ventured off to Forte Copacabana to attend an event on Social Entrepreneurship and Technologies for Cooperation. Forte Copacabana is unreal and beautiful and strange with inspiring poetic messages. There I listened to Ellen Miller tell the story of her formation of the Sunlight Foundation, USA which shines a light through technology on government subsidies, payments to political candidates and spending.

Jun 17, 2012
Rio+20 a dream come true or more of the same
Arriving at Rio Centro - Carole Excell

I am an environmental lawyer and transparency activist working in Washington DC at the World Resources Institute. I arrived yesterday to attend the Rio +20 Global Conference on Sustainable Development. I am tired but excited to be attending the conference. A lot is at stake. This conference could potentially set the agenda for the years to come on at what they call the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Jun 6, 2012
Sesión especial ante Senado chileno sobre la importancia del Principio 10 de la Declaración de Rio

El día martes 5 de junio se celebró el “Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente”, y en este marco, la Comisión del Medio Ambiente del Senado invitó a Corporación Participa y Fundación Terram, a una sesión especial en el Congreso Nacional, a la cual también asistieron Fernando Schmidt Ariztía, Subsecretario de Relaciones Exteriores y Ricardo Irarrázabal Sánchez, Subsecretario del Medio Ambiente.

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