Green economy: the new face of capitalism

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Capitalism launched, in the years after the Second World War, the green revolution, a beautiful name to represent the Tsunami of technological changes introduced in agricultural production, such as pesticides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers, genetic modification in plants, air spraying using agro-toxic substances over crops, more expensive and highly sophisticated machinery to replace the labor of family of farmers, among other goals.

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Statement by Jean Phillipe Thomas on Río+20 to Radio BBC-Africa

Friday 6 July 2012

The United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 20-22, still provokes many comments. This great Conference also revised the status of the decisions taken during the First Summit held 20 years ago in that same city. But, why is that an increase in the amount of observers in said Summit, also called Río+20, will lead us to failure? This is the opinion of Jean Philippe Thomas, responsible of sustainable development political coherence in Enda Tercer Mundo, broadcasted by BBC-Africa. He was the guest of the program, together with Goumandakoye, Director for Africa in UNEP to cover the results in Rio within the program “Africa Life” on Saturday, June 20, 2012.

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Indigenous Peoples Left Out in the Cold at Rio+20

Thursday 28 June 2012The Declaration of Kari-Oca is by Far the Strongest, Clearest, and Most Purposeful Statement Made at the UN Conference When Clayton Thomas-Muller, a Cree organizer from Canada, sat on a panel at Rio+20 to announce a campaign to prevent Shell Oil from drilling in the Arctic, he was accompanied by billionaire biofuels baron Sir Richard Branson, Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International, and actress Lucy Lawless (perhaps better known as Xena, Warrior Princess). “Resisting environmental (...) Leer más >>

Mandated follow-up actions are key

Thursday 28 June 2012Date: 25 June 2012 Source: Third World Network (TWN) TWN RIO+20 News Update No. 23 Rio de Janeiro, 25 June ( Martin Khor*) - Because the world is facing serious crises in the global environment and economy, much was expected of last week’s Rio+20 summit. Thus there was deep public disappointment that the hundred heads of state and government who came to Rio de Janeiro were unable to take decisive actions. There was a sense that the speeches, roundtables and panel discussions at the huge (...) Leer más >>

Tough fight over means of implementation

Thursday 28 June 2012Date: 22 June 2012 Source: Third World Network (TWN) TWN RIO+20 News Update No. 20 Rio de Janeiro, 22 June (TWN) – While governments at the closing of the pre-conference informal consultations were reasonably satisfied with the delicate balance achieved in the outcome document for the Rio+20 Conference, many were deeply disappointed with the lack of ambition in the section on the means of implementation, with some calling it a step backwards. This was due to very difficult and diverging (...) Leer más >>

Rio+20 or Silent Spring-50?

Thursday 28 June 2012Date: 21 June 2012 Source: ETC Group Type: News Release Governments mark 50 years of failure...and a couple of nano-steps forward For a lot of the world, ‘Rio+20’ signifies the big environmental jamboree taking place this week in Brazil – before the Olympics and after the Queen’s Jubilee. For the thousands of negotiators and civil society observers, including ETC Group, who have tracked the process since 2010, Rio+20 ended a few short hours before the world’s ‘leaders’ touched down at Rio’s (...) Leer más >>

Statement: Women and Food Sovereignty - The future we shall fight for in Rio and beyond

Thursday 28 June 2012Sustainable development will only be achieved through social and gender justice, human rights and equity, and the pursuit of food sovereignty, not the “green economy”. Twenty years ago, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, Brazil (also known as the Earth Summit) led to the forging of historic commitments from governments around the world to save the planet. This June, the Rio+20 Summit is being held to assess how much of the Earth Summit’s goals have been achieved, (...) Leer más >>

Improving people’s ability to drive towards sustainable development

Thursday 28 June 2012Date: 6 June 2012 Source: Vietnam Economic News News in English: (VEN) - The Asia-Pacific Research Network (APRN) and the Sustainable Rural Development Center (SRD) recently organized a people’s capacity building workshop in Hanoi prior to the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) scheduled to take place at the end of this month. Rio+20 will focus on green economy (...) Leer más >>

Together for a sustainable future

Thursday 28 June 2012Date: 6 June 2012 Source: Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations News in Vietnamese: "Together for a sustainable future", this was the message of Rio for People, the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) Conference, jointly organized with Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) held from June 5 to 7, 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Attending the conference were representatives of civil society (...) Leer más >>

Does the poor benefit from green economy?

Thursday 28 June 2012Date: 6 June 2012 Source: ThienNhien.Net News in Vietnamese: Hanoi, Vietnam- In the road to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) in late June, the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) organized a conference entitled "Rio for People: Strengthening People’s Voices for Genuine Sustainable Development." The objective (...) Leer más >>

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