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Oct 21, 2013
Event Announcement: Integrating Transparency, Public Participation, and Accountability into Protected Area Management
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This event will discuss the work that The Access Initiative (TAI) has been doing as part of our grant with Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) which seeks to build the capacity of civil society to shape public policy reform in the Caribbean to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services. Three of our Caribbean partners (from Jamaica, Haiti, DR) will speak about their specific challenges and case studies in protected area management.

When: Friday, November 8, 2013 | 12:00PM-1:15PM EST Where: World Resources Institute | 1O G Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Oct 10, 2013
Attacking Transparency

Though it is widely accepted that more transparency in our governments equates to more openness and fairness, some have begun to view Freedom of Information laws more as a tool for negative media coverage rather than increased transparency. Many who once advocated for laws that increase citizens’ access to information have realized that transparency not only opens the doors to information for citizens, but to criticism by the media.

Oct 9, 2013
Open Government Partnership Annual Summit
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At the G8 earlier this year, British Prime Minster David Cameron pledged that the UK’s leadership of the OGP would “drive a transparency revolution in every corner of the world.”

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit will be held in London October 30 - November 1. OGP was created 2 years ago and strives to encourage transparency throughout the world through government reform. Representatives from civil society organization, businesses, and governments will meet to discuss the successes, issues, and future agenda of OGP. The London summit will also serve to welcome new countries, announce new themes, new multilateral partnerships, and a prize competition. Among the policy issues to be discussed:

Sep 16, 2013
Quince países de América Latina preparan convención internacional por derechos ambientales

Entre los gobiernos presentes en la instancia se cuentan Brasil, Argentina, Colombia, México y Chile, los cuales están negociando una Convención Internacional sobre ‘democracia ambiental’, para aplicar el Principio 10 de la Convención de Río, y fijar así una base institucional, administrativa y política sobre tres pilares: acceso a información, participación ciudadana y derecho a Justicia en materia medioambiental. El Gobierno chileno preside actualmente el proceso, que se encuentra en fase de negociación técnica.

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