Dec 9, 2008
UNEP Governing Council to Consider Draft Guidelines on Principle 10
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The 23rd UNEP Governing Council

We at the TAI Secretariat (World Resources Institute) just received this important call to action for access proponents everywhere. In essence the UNEP Governing Council will consider adopting a set of guidelines for national-level laws and institutions for Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration (Access to Information, Public Participation, and Access to Justice). The TAI Network has a special role to play in moving our governments to accept these foundational principles of environmental governance, a first step to creating a binding international treaty or convention.

Dec 3, 2008
Demanding Access to Justice and Right to Natural Resources: The Plight of the Molboc Tribe
The people from Molboc Tribe fighting for access to justice and access to their natural resources.

Locked up, hungry and confused, the two young men from the Molboc Tribe were finally released. They do not regret what they did. They will likely do it again if they have a chance to do so… just to put food on the table, as how their ancestors, as native fisherfolk in Balabac, Palawan, had done before.

Nov 21, 2008
Smokers Dying Younger - What If Non-smokers Are Also Dying Younger

Approximately half the world’s population and up to 90% of rural households in developing countries still rely on unprocessed biomass fuels in the form of wood, dung and crop residues. These are typically burnt indoors in open fires or poorly functioning stoves. As a result, there are high levels of air pollution to which women, responsible for cooking, and their young children, who mostly stay with their mother during the cooking hours, are most heavily exposed.

Nov 17, 2008
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Dialogue Project

Dear TAI Partners,

In December of 2007, the US EPA launched a National Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information in order to enhance the format and quality of information on EPA’s website. The Dialogue involved the EPA speaking with a wide range of people, such as industry representatives, education professionals, state and local environmental and public health professionals, news media representatives, and environmental and community groups, to learn of the challenges individuals face when accessing environmental information on EPA’s website.

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