Regional Conference on Freedom of Information Laws (FOI) in the Caribbean: Improving Management for the Environment
A regional meeting to discuss the status of Freedom of Information Laws in the Caribbean was held on March, 20-21st in Kingston, Jamaica. A total of 57 participants from 12 Caribbean countries attended the conference. The Conference was organized by the Jamaica Environment Trust, the World Resources Institute, the Access Initiative, Jamaicans for Justice, The Mona School of Business and Management and the Unit of Access to Information of the Government of Jamaica.
Representatives from LAC Countries meet with Civil Society Experts to Agree on Next Steps for Principle 10
Governments from 14 countries met in Guadalajara, Mexico on May, 16th and 17th, 2013. The meeting was held to discuss and approve a plan of action for 2013-2014 to implement the Principle 10 Declaration. The plan of action aims at identifying capacity gaps, methods for cooperation and the type of regional instrument needed to strengthen transparency, public participation and access to justice in the region. 12 civil society experts attended, one from each of the countries in attendance.
Main Outcomes of the Guadalajara Meeting
One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012 was the adoption of the Latin America and the Caribbean Principle 10 Declaration by 10 countries, marking the first time that developing countries came together to formally consider the creation of a regional legally binding instrument to implement Principle 10.
In 1981, Asberga purchased a small plot of land in Cockpit Country, Trelawny, Jamaica where she has lived since then. This was the only land she owned. She grew crops to sustain herself and sell in the market. In 2006, she applied to the local parish council for permission to subdivide her land. The parish council refused permission on the basis that her land was located on or in proximity to bauxite reserves. Asberga did not know what to do.
THIS DECLARATION EMERGED FROM A WORKSHOP HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA IN NORWICH, ENGLAND ON JUNE 20-22, 2013, ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE.
WE, AN INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF ACTIVISTS, ACADEMICS AND RESEARCHERS, OBSERVE THAT ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICES ARE PROLIFERATING ACROSS THE GLOBE.
CASES OF ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE ARE HOWEVER FREQUENTLY BEING ADDRESSED BY GOVERNMENTS, MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND MULTILATERAL INSTITUTIONS AS PROBLEMS THAT CAN BE RESOLVED THROUGH TECHNICAL OR MONETARY MEANS.
This powerpoint presentation was part of an event on the LAC Declaration on P10 at the World Resources Institute on Friday, June 14, 2013.
By Catherine Easton, Natalya Lozovaya, Peter Veit
(Original article posted on WRI Insights on June 13, 2013: http://insights.wri.org/news/2013/06/ending-resource-curse-c...)
Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, took a significant step toward promoting transparency and reducing global poverty. He announced yesterday that Canada will implement mandatory reporting requirements for Canadian extractive companies operating both in-country and abroad.
On 30 May 2013, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations’ Secretary-General, received a landmark report from the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Established by the Secretary-General in 2012, the 27-member Panel is co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.
The report outlines a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and deliver on the promise of sustainable development.
By Catherine Easton (WRI), Natalya Lozovaya (WRI), Peter Veit (WRI) and Harriet Bibangambah (Greenwatch)
(Original article posted on WRI Insights on May 31, 2013: http://insights.wri.org/news/2013/05/improving-freedom-infor...)
There is growing evidence of a greater focus on efforts to assess and promote more effective implementation of ATI laws. WRI released a little over a year ago new research on implementation challenges in 3 African countries (Uganda, Ghana and South Africa) as part of its ATI in Africa Project. The paper entitled Passive and Active Resistance to Openess : The Transparency Model for ATI laws in Africa written with partners from each of these countries (ODAC, CDD and Greenwatch) documents longstanding implementation challenges in Uganda, Ghana and South Africa.