RELEASE: Governments and Leaders Call for Strengthening Access to Transparency and Public Participation at Rio+20
More than 300 representatives from government, multilateral institutions, and civil society came together today to push for more action and commitments to support stronger governance around environmental issues.
Access to information, public participation and access to justice are core values that were embedded in the UN environmental process going back to the original Rio “Earth Summit” in 1992. These announcements show important progress toward implementing and strengthening these values at the international, national, and regional level.
FARN presented its 2011 Environment Report and exposed the most important environmental issues for Argentina’s electoral year.
Environmental NGOs demand the immediate ceasing of Pascua-Lama’s activities before the Argentine Supreme Court of Justice
The environmental NGOs Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), Greenpeace, the Asociación Argentina de Abogados Ambientalistas, (AAdeA), Amigos de la Tierra and Diálogo por el Ambiente (DxA), presented before the Supreme Court of Justice of the Argentine Republic, requesting, in compliance with the Glacier Protection Law, the immediate ceasing of Pascua-Lama’s activities in the Argentine Province of San Juan.
The number of specialized courts that resolve environmental issues has grown from only a handful in the 1970s to more than 350 in 41 countries. And while past research has studied a few courts in one or two countries, The Access Initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI) today releases the first comprehensive global report on the status of these courts.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2008 – While many national governments have made real progress in honoring their 1992 Rio Earth Summit commitments to better include the public in environmental decisions, a new book released here today in honor of World Environment Day finds that all the countries studied have fallen short in some aspect.
“Access to information is essential, but in order to act on the information they get, people need to be able to participate in a fair and open process,” said Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute (WRI), which produced the book.