How can sustainable development governance be improved?
How should nations implement Principle 10?
Should Rio 2012 push forward and support regional
conventions on access?
Are Latin America and the Caribbean ready for a regional
convention of their own?
Although most conversations about Rio 2012 focus on calls to reform
international institutions such as UNEP and CSD, the state of
environmental governance at the regional and national levels is of equal if not greater importance.
A number of papers from the Sustainable Development Governance
Network presented at the Governance conference on the 6th and the
outcomes from this will be presented focusing at the area of sustainable
20 years after Rio, in many countries, there is still no legal foundation to
provide citizens with information or a means to hold their governments
accountable. There are still too few institutions that can defend citizens’
rights to justice. Progress on access rights at Rio 2012 will have to go
beyond reforming international institutions and focus on galvanizing
change at the national and regional levels. There are some broad options for sustainable development governance
that Rio+20 should discuss.
This side event will explore ideas on reforming regional and national level
environmental governance, including:
The adoption of regional conventions that create an enforceable
Principle 10 and lessons learned from the UNECE Aarhus Convention
A focus on Latin America and the Caribbean as a region ready to
galvanise these reforms through the Rio 2012 process.
A report from the IEG, Sustainable Development Governance and
An overview of Sustainable Development Governance options
Chair: Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator, United Nations
Conference on Sustainable Development (invited)
Jeremy Wates, Incoming Secretary General - European
Joseph Foti, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute
Representative from the Economic Commission for Latin America
and the Caribbean (ECLAC) (invited)