Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
He said the GPO alliance “is based on the understanding that we all have a stake in stopping threats to the world’s oceans.”
Rio+20 was the biggest UN conference ever held, with broad participation of leaders from Government, business and civil society, as well as UN officials, academics, journalists and the general public. Read on for some key figures from Rio+20.
Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security’s (CTI-CFF) achievements to date and lay out the vision and call to action for its future.
In contrast to 1992, attention on the ocean was significant and led to protracted and heated debate within the negotiations.
Groups of civil society and business have proved they can lead the way towards a sustainable future.
La que más de cien gobernantes prevén firmar hoy seguía concitando anoche toda clase de críticas por su bajo vuelo y falta de metas concretas; más que a mejorarlo sustancialmente, los líderes más descontentos aspiraban como mucho a consensuar un anexo para enriquecer el texto de algún modo.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, called on world leaders to step up their political commitment to sustainability yesterday, with an acknowledgement that negotiations have so far failed to live up to hopes.
"I was here 20 years ago, we all hope to be here in 20 years. This is an historical occasion. Will we look back and lament on what we didn't do?"
Civil society groups provided a critical assessment of the negotiations at Rio, and "a new definition of hypocrisy" as we reach the middle of the Summit.
Leaders from Oxfam, WWF, Greenpeace, NRDC and the International Trade Union Confederation – organized in the Climate Action Network (CAN) and the global TckTckTck campaign claimed world leaders were standing the in way of progress and are failing so far to challenge the text of the draft outcome document.
On the day that the sun never sets on the Arctic, Richard Branson has launched a campaign with Greenpeace to save the Arctic. Branson joins Hollywood actors who have joined forces with rock stars, environmentalists, polar explorers and business leaders to launch a bid for a global sanctuary in the Arctic. The campaigners are demanding that oil drilling and unsustainable fishing be banned in Arctic waters.
Ocean campaigners bring their message to the public at the People's Summit Hosted by Tara Expeditions
Susanna Fuller, Co-ordinator
of the High Seas Alliance
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Members of the High Seas Alliance (HSA) were profoundly disappointed by the decision to delay action on high seas protection in the conference text, despite some more promising measures to improve ocean health.
In an ironic twist of fate, the ocean dialogue – the voice of civil society and science - was concluding that high seas biodiversity protection should be a top priority for the Rio+20 Conference at exactly the same time as the negotiators were adopting a seriously weakened text.
In 1990, British filmmaker Alan Ereira made a film, about the Kogi tribe of Sierra Nevada. Hidden on an isolated triangular pyramid mountain in Colombia, the tribe had reluctantly been drawn into the modern world, to warn about the detrimental effects of mining and deforestation. Twenty years on, they have re-emerged, and made a new film - Aluna, and their message is even more urgent: we are destroying the earth.
Today, the Kogi tribe bring their film to the People's Summit at Rio+20 to urge immediate action from all people. They were driven to share their messages because they see themselves as custodians of the world and are genuinely afraid of the escalation of what they have observed over the last 20 years. The Kogi also have a firm belief that it is their duty to persuade us to stop destroying the natural earth.
A shortened version of the film, Aluna will be shown in the Blue Pavillion at the People's Summit at 19.00 this evening with the director Alan Ereira, and three members of the Kogi tribe answering questions.
Photo courtesy of Alan Ereria
Monday, June 18, 2012
"We are going to Rio to focus on getting governments to come together to ensure the protection of our high seas. We’ll also be raising awareness of the importance of our wonderful oceans that deliver 50% of our oxygen.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Coverage in the Brazilian media over the the past 24 hours indicates that Rio+20 could 'go down in history as 'Summit of the Seas' and that the summit will conclude with a commitment to regulate the exploitation of high seas resources. Three articles have featured in the Folha de Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest circulation newspaper, since Thursday evening.
Lieberman of the Pew Environment Group about her aspirations for the Rio+20 Earth Summit and her views of the new Global Partnership for Oceans announced by the UN and the World Bank.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
The process to determine agreed text for adoption by the conference has now been handed over to the Government of Brazil, which will conduct ‘pre-conference consultations’ and which has announced four working groups to achieve this including one for the Ocean.
The working groups begin at 1800 hours this evening.
Friday, June 15, 2012
On pledges to protect key habitat and restrict the size of fishing fleets, they say progress has been "pitiful".
Their analysis is carried in the journal Science and is being discussed during final preparations for the Rio+20 summit, which opens next week.
Full Story at BBC
Thursday, June 14, 2012
BirdLife urges governments to ensure that biodiversity and nature are central to decisions taken on sustainable development
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
World's largest network of marine protected areas includes massive fully protected marine reserve in Coral Sea
Friday, June 8, 2012
The resolutions cover a wide range of subjects and only 30 will be presented to world leaders. The High Seas Alliance (HSA) is calling on ocean supporters to help push the resolution concerned with creating a global agreement to save high seas biodiversity.
With the title “Launch a global agreement to save high seas marine biodiversity” the HSA supported resolution is designed to achieve large-scale protection for the ocean and speaks directly to Summit text under negotiation.
HSA Coordinator Susanna Fuller said, “Rio+20 is a huge opportunity to achieve an implementing agreement for the high seas. Such an agreement would allow us to have protected areas on the high seas, and better regulate the environmental impact of things like deep sea mining - it would result in real protection that is desperately needed."
People can register their vote here. Select oceans and then Launch a global agreement to save high seas marine biodiversity. The vote closes on 14th June.
Photo courtesy of Rio+20 Dialogues
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will bring representatives from around the world to Rio. Learn why global leaders must seize this opportunity for action to protect our oceans in this animation from the Pew Environment Group and the Zoological Society of London.