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Posted by: CPNN Administrator on Dec. 31 1999,17:00

This discussion question applies to the following articles:

< Preparing for the UN summit on sustainable development >
< The Earth's Bright Future >
< EU Sets Example for Slowing Climate Change >
< International Renewable Energy Agency founded in Germany >
< Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline - >
< The World Social Forum prepares for Rio + 20 >
< Construyendo la Cumbre de los Pueblos RÍo+20 >
< En chemin vers le Sommet des Peuples Rio+20 >
< Building the Peoples Summit Rio+20 >
< Ecology: African Voice in Rio +20 >
< More Ecology, Less Economy for Rio+20 >
< A la veille de Rio+20, un Forum scientifique pour tirer la sonnette d’alarme sur l’état de la planète >
< On the eve of Rio+20, a scientific forum sounds the alarm on the state of the planet >
< Les associations environnementales prêtes à un rapport de force >
< French Environmental Associations Prepare for Confrontation >
< Cities High on the Agenda at Major Conservation Gathering >
< Talks fail to meet pace of climate change - Greenpeace >
< China's ambitious aim: a windy future >
< Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door >
< Lancement du site Web de la Conférence mondiale sur l’éducation au développement durable (2014) >
< Website launch for 2014 World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development >
< Presentación del sitio web de la Conferencia Mundial sobre Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible de 2014 >
< Pacific leaders endorse climate-action declaration >
< Breaking Ground: New Report from the Nobel Women’s Initiative (Canada) >
< Fund invests in Kenya forest project, boosts UN scheme >
< Harvard Joins Principles for Responsible Investment >
< Legislators from 80 Countries Meet in Mexico City to Push for UN Climate Deal in 2015 >
< Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City >
< Statement about UN Climate Summit by World Wildlife Fund >
< Conferencia Mundial de la UNESCO sobre Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible 2014 >
< Conférence mondiale de l’UNESCO sur l’éducation en vue du développement durable – 2014 >
< UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development 2014 >
< COP21 vue par Naomi Klein : « Le changement climatique génère des conflits » >
< Naomi Klein: We are going backwards, COP21 is the opposite of progress >
< Kumi Naidoo: let the youth be our climate leaders! >
< James Hansen, father of climate change awareness, calls Paris talks ‘a fraud’ >
< Tens of Thousands Take Part in Global Actions Targeting World’s Most Dangerous Fossil Fuel Projects >
< Laureates and scientists call on Nobel Prize Foundation to divest fossil fuels >
< REPORT: Fossil Fuel Divestment Doubles in Size as Institutions Representing $5 Trillion Commit to Divest >

For listing of more recent articles, click < here >

Posted by: CPNN Administrator on Dec. 31 2002,12:08

Comments received earlier on this article show that readers are very concerned about hard it is to make progress toward sustainable development. One reader shares the sadness expressed by the writer that "mankind's abuse of resources has outpaced this consciousness and big companies (money) have won this race. Accountability measures must become stricter and enforceable." Another reader says that "It is hard to make advances for even the most universally beneficial agendas when certain companies and governments will be forced into compromise."

At the same time, readers agree that it is possible to move forward through small advances and victories, and one reader remarked that the consciousness of people was greatly advanced by the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and the Agenda 21 that it produced. This reader talked about the need for support to the United Nations Environment Program and especially its conferences for children for "in this manner consciousness and action can move forward in parallel and lead to the changes needed."

Posted by: CPNN Administrator on Dec. 31 2002,12:09

Comment by Lenny on June, 2002

Progress for the environment needs both international unity (like that against fascism in the 1930's and 1940's) at the same time as the involvement of people where we live and work, especially young people. We must now think globally and act locally and globally!

Posted by: CPNN Administrator on Dec. 12 2011,14:53

CPNN has received the following comment on Rio+20 from
César Martín Agurto Castillo (original Spanish is followed by a rough English translation)

¡Hola amigos y amigas de CPNN !, reciban ante todo mi cordial saludo desde Sullana-Piura-Perú y mi agradecimiento muy especial por permitirnos observar tan importante página y a la vez enviar nuestro comentario.

Editorial de David Dickson de SciDev. Net, quien sostiene que es la política y no la ciencia y la tecnología, la que se interponde en el camino del desarrollo sostenible. Señala que Río+20 podría ser una oportunidad para construir un nuevo orden mundial sostenible pero que aún está por verse si los países desarrollados harán los sacrificios necesarios.

¿De qué manera los países del Norte podrían contribuir a un buen desarrollo sostenible, sin tener que llegar a realizar explotaciones d recursos naturales de naciones tercermundistas?

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Hola, Friends of CPNN!  First of all, please receive my warm greetings from  Sullana-Piura-Peru and my very special thanks for  allowing us to read a such important page and simultaneously to send our comments.

Editorial of David Dickson in SciDev. Net shows tht it is politics and not science and technology that blocks the way to  sustainable development.   He indicates that Río+20 could be an opportunity to construct a new sustainable world order but it remains to be seen if the developed countries will make the sacrifices necessary.

How can the countries of the North contribute to a real sustainable development, without exploiting the natural resources of third-world nations?

Posted by: CPNN Administrator on Feb. 04 2012,12:02

Interest and excitement is building for the People's Summit of Rio + 20, as pointed out in the following update.  Note that it may become difficult to find flights and lodging as the dates get closer.

< Vitae Civilis > (in Portuguese)

< Rio update > (in English)

Posted by: David Adams on Sep. 12 2012,17:30

In my blog concerning the results of the recent United Nations Conference on the Environment, I note that most commentators agree that the meeting was a failure at the level of national governments: < Rio + 20: Window into history >.

However, from the CPNN articles summarized in the < CPNN Bulletin for July > we can see other institutional forces that came to Rio are filling the vacuum by creating a culture of peace and sustainable development, including youth, civil society, indigenous peoples and especially cities.

Posted by: David Adams on Nov. 21 2013,18:56

It's been a year since I wrote the above remarks about the failure of the nation states to address the problem of global warming, and it seems that nothing has changed.  Here is < the statement from leading environmental NGOs > about the latest international conference on the environment being held in Warsaw, Poland.

Enough is enough.

We have said we stand in solidarity with the millions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, and with all climate impacted people. Our solidarity compels us to tell the truth about COP 19 – the Warsaw Climate Conference.

The Warsaw Climate Conference, which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future, is on track to deliver virtually nothing. In fact, the actions of many rich countries here in Warsaw are directly undermining the UNFCCC itself, which is an important multilateral process that must succeed if we are to fix the global climate crisis.

The Warsaw Conference has put the interests of dirty energy industries over that of global citizens - with a “Coal & Climate Summit” being held in conjunction; corporate sponsorship from big polluters plastered all over the venue; and a Presidency (Poland) that is beholden to the coal and fracking industry. When Japan announced that it was following Canada and backtracking on emission cut commitments previously made, and Australia gave multiple signals that it was utterly unwilling to take the UN climate process seriously, the integrity of the talks was further jeopardized.

This week saw a “finance ministerial” with almost no actual finance, and loss and damage talks that have stalled because rich countries refuse to engage on the substance of an international mechanism. Warsaw has not seen any increase in emission reductions nor increased support for adaptation before 2020 – on these things it has actually taken us backward. And a clear pathway to a comprehensive and fair agreement in Paris 2015 is missing.

We as civil society are ready to engage with ministers and delegations who actually come to negotiate in good faith. But at the Warsaw Conference, rich country governments have come with nothing to offer. Many developing country governments are also struggling and failing to stand up for the needs and rights of their people. It is clear that if countries continue acting in this way, the next two days of negotiations will not deliver the climate action the world so desperately needs.

Therefore, organizations and movements representing people from every corner of the Earth have decided that the best use of our time is to voluntarily withdraw from the Warsaw climate talks. Instead, we are now focusing on mobilizing people to push our governments to take leadership for serious climate action. We will work to transform our food and energy systems at a national and global level and rebuild a broken economic system to create a sustainable and low-carbon economy with decent jobs and livelihoods for all. And we will put pressure on everyone to do more to realize this vision.

Coming out of the Warsaw Climate Conference, it is clear that without such pressure, our governments cannot be trusted to do what the world needs. We will return with the voice of the people in Lima to hold our governments accountable to the vision of a sustainable and just future.

The following international NGOs signed the statement:
Aksyon Klima Pilipinas
ActionAid
Bolivian Platform on Climate Change
Construyendo Puentes (Latin America)
Friends of the Earth (Europe)
Greenpeace
Ibon International
International Trade Union Confederation
LDC Watch
Oxfam International
Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change (Philippines)
World Wildlife Fund

Posted by: David Adams on July 14 2014,07:25

It's been a year since I wrote the above remarks about the failure of the nation states to address the problem of global warming, and it seems that nothing has changed.  Here is the < statement from leading environmental NGOs > about the latest international conference on the environment being held in Warsaw, Poland.

The following international NGOs signed the statement:
Aksyon Klima Pilipinas
ActionAid
Bolivian Platform on Climate Change
Construyendo Puentes (Latin America)
Friends of the Earth (Europe)
Greenpeace
Ibon International
International Trade Union Confederation
LDC Watch
Oxfam International
Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change (Philippines)
World Wildlife Fund

Posted by: Ravi P Bhatia on July 17 2016,00:16

[responding to CPNN article < The film 'Demain', a manifesto? >

Yes initiatives from the grassroots are important and necessary which will have a direct impact on the present and the future. But there are governments like India which are conscious of over exploitation of the earth’s resources and are taking suitable policy measures and also taking legal action against the exploiters.

We must emphasize public transportation and reduce our dependence on individual cars even though the auto industry will not like this.

Otherwise it is not demain but aujourdhui — the problems are there for us to see.

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