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Active Citizens: Responsive Governments

Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration in Action

At Rio+20, there is a need to assess progress to date in achieving good national environmental governance. You will learn how ordinary citizens from around the world are trying to improve national environmental governance through the use of freedom of information laws, public participation mechanisms and judicial forums to improve environmental decision-making.

The workshop will look at strategies civil society organizations and communities can use in their own work, and the importance of establishing and strengthening the right to information, public participation and access to justice to promote transparency, accountability and inclusion all around the world.

Agenda

Introduction and Welcome
Carole Excell, Senior Associate
The Access Initiative, World Resources Institute, USA

Is Anyone Listening? Documenting Public Hearings in India
Ritwick Dutta, Environmental Lawyer
Legal Initiative for Forests and Environment, India

Community Use of Right to Information Law to Improve Air and Water Quality in Indonesia
Dyah Paramita, Researcher
Indonesian Center for Environmental Law, Indonesia

Moving from Principles to Rights: Rio 2012 and Ensuring Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice for Everyone
David Banisar, Senior Legal Counsel, Article 19, UK

Respondent - John Matuszak, Division Chief, Sustainable Development and Multilateral Affairs, Department of State, USA

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