OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE
WORLD SUMMIT ON
Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 August - 4 September 2002
REPORT ON THE PROCESS
A report for individuals and communities interested in summit processes
with particular emphasis on ethical/spiritual issues and NGO collaboration
On 10 January the UNCSD Rio+20 bureau released the zero draft of the outcome document for Rio+20, "The Future We Want": http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&type=12&nr=324&menu=23. This draft is based on hundreds of submissions from governments and civil society, including IEF, compiled at http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=115. It will serve as the basis for intergovernmental negotiations leading up to the conference in June, starting in New York on 25-27 January.
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM* STATEMENT TO THE
UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ETHICAL SUPPORT TO POLICY-MAKING
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2012
Policy-making today is too often governed by political expediency and the pressures of vested interests. Governments pay lip service to declarations of principles, but seldom consider their relevance to “the real world”. The UN has adopted ethical principles in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Rio Declaration, Article 3 of the United Nationas Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992) and other instruments, but too often they remain as generalities and their implications are not sufficiently considered in policy and decision-making. Paragraph 6 of the WSSD Plan of Implementation on the importance of ethics for sustainable development requires further action to be effective. Civil society has also completed drafting of the Earth Charter after the failure to agree on a text in Rio in 1992.
The United Nations has created a new web site as its Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.html. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) website includes resources describing inter-governmental processes, the UN system and major groups as well as resources on sustainable development in action.