Dec 19, 2012
Acceso a la Justicia: Histórica resolución judicial ecuatoriana
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Compartimos la edición de diciembre de nuestra serie Temas de Análisis, en la que analizamos el procedimiento penal a causa de un problema que ha estado vigente desde la emisión de la Ley de Gestión Ambiental y que se ha resuelto en la dirección correcta, es decir, el respeto a los principios de “inmediación y economía procesal”.

Dec 18, 2012
Why Africa Needs Open Legislatures
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Parliaments in Africa have long worked behind closed doors, preventing civil society from holding legislators accountable for their decisions and actions. Photo credit: Flickr/Commonwealth Secretariat

This article was written by Peter Veit and Gilbert Sendugwa and orginally posted on WRI Insights

Open government requires an open executive branch, an open legislature, and an open judiciary. Historically, however, global attention to government transparency and access to information has focused on the executive branch.

Dec 11, 2012
Freedom of Information Victory in Argentina
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In an unprecedented move, Argentina’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of freedom of information when it ordered the National Institute for Retirees and Pensioners (PAMI) to release information on its advertising budget as requested by the Association for Civil Rights (ADC).

Nov 30, 2012
Expanding Environmental Democracy: Latin American Countries Move Forward with Principle 10
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A group of Latin American and Caribbean countries recently agreed on a road map to ensure full implementation of Principle 10. Photo credit: WRI/Isabel Munilla

A number of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries recently took a huge step forward in ensuring environmental democracy for their citizens. At a UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) meeting in early November, these countries agreed on a road map to ensure full implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration.

Nov 30, 2012
WRI Wins Award for its Environmental Justice Film, “Sunita”
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Dave Cooper, WRI's Film and Brand Manager, recently accepted an award for our video, "Sunita." Photo credit: Andy Smith

This blog was written by Dave Cooper, WRI’s Film and Brand Manager, and was originally posted WRI Insights

Nov 29, 2012
TAI regional workshop on ''Opportunities for CSO engagement in strategic decision-making -- SEA, EIA, and other processes'
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On Nov 27-30, 2012, TAI Thailand, led by Dr.Somrudee Nicro, Senior Director of Thailand Environment Instiitute; with an assistant from Mrs.Frida Arounsavath, SEA expert consultant, hosted a workshop on SEA for TAI CSO partners from 8 SE Asia countries to increase knowledge and awareness on SEA and define possible entry-points for their engagement in strategic decision-making processes. [Read more…]


Nov 27, 2012
Environmental legal doubt mobilizes the National Court of Justice in Ecuador
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The resolution -signed by the 21 judges of the National Court of Justice of Ecuador- clarified a legal doubt about judicial competence over environmental crimes in the South American country. It is effective since September 11th, 2012 after its publication in the Official Gazette of Ecuador. Several cases, especially in the Ecuadorian province of Galapagos, prompted a consultation to the National Court of Justice.

Nov 26, 2012
América Latina y el Caribe avanzan hacia una agenda de transparencia y participación
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Los conceptos de transparencia y participación siempre concitan el interés de las personas que nos desenvolvemos en el mundo social y político, ya que entendemos que ambos son fundamentales para alcanzar decisiones sobre asuntos públicos más equitativas y sustentables, condición para una sociedad con mayores niveles de estabilidad y paz social.

Nov 17, 2012
El Sistema Único de Información Ambiental es una realidad en Ecuador
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Hace unos pocos días se lanzó oficialmente el Sistema Único de Información Ambiental que responde a un primer esfuerzo del gobierno para poner a disposición del público una serie de indicadores ambientales, en un esfuerzo conjunto entre el Ministerio del Ambiente, la Secretaría de Planificación y Desarrollo, y el Instituto de Estadísticas y Censos.

Nov 13, 2012
Countries Approve Road Map for Regional P10 Convention
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7 November 2012. Today at the ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile, delegates of the signatory countries to the Declaration on the application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development finished a meeting where they agreed on a road map for its full implementation at the regional level.

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