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Ann Powers: Reflections on Rio

It’s hard to know exactly what to say about Rio, and perhaps much too early to assess its impact.  While no one seems to be declaring the conference a resounding success, some commentators argue that it was a useful undertaking with good results, especially in the area of partnerships and voluntary efforts.  Others deride it […]

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Ann Powers: Regardless –

The preliminary work of the conference came to a conclusion Tuesday and the UNCSD has begun.  The signs are obvious — traffic is even more snarled, the police presence more pronounced, red bereted soldiers with automatic weapons patrol Copacabana beach, black cars flying national flags snake through the streets ferrying diplomats to their meetings, and […]

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Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger comments on an announcement from the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which will be holding a High Level Side Event today: It is very encouraging to see that countries are making significant new contributions to assist developing countries with renewable energy development.   The environmental community salutes the contributors for […]

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Dr. Catherine Tinker is a friend and former adjunct professor of Pace Law School.  She directed the first grants for Pace’s Brazil exchange program, and participated in the historic 1992 Earth Summit. She has also taught international environmental law and other environmental courses at a number of law schools in the U.S. as well as Brazil.   […]

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The United Nations Environment Programme recently released its fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), a report on world progress towards the environmental aspects of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For those who lack the time to absorb all 525 pages of the report, UNEP provided a shorter trending report, Measuring Progress, which uses approachable charts and succinct text […]

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Green Planet (Planeta Verde)/Jurists’ Conference, held at the Rio Supreme Court on the 16th and 17th On June 16th, Bakary Kante of UNEP exalted the role played by the environment on sustainable development, arguing that the environment is not just one of three pillars because neither economy nor society can exist without the environment. In […]

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Brazilian lawyer Lia Helena Monteiro de Lima Demange holds an LL.M. degree from Pace Law School.  This is her report from the World Meeting of Environmental Jurists, held at the Rio Botanical Garden on June 15. There was a ubiquitous feeling among the jurists that no effective commitments will come out of the final Declaration of Rio+20.  However, many lecturers put […]

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At 2:30 am on Tuesday morning, the Brazilian delegation announced that the text had been finalized and would be presented in the coming hours. At midday, the plenary agreed on the text ad ref and we have now passed it on to our leaders for the forthcoming UNCSD. While it may not be the first chapter in the “Future […]

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Professor Ann Powers reports: The final “Brazilian” draft will serve as a basis for negotiations when the formal UN Conference on Sustainable Development begins tomorrow.  Reactions from the stakeholders groups remain diverse. Pleas see the draft located below: The Future We Want June 19 Draft

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Stanley Johnson of the Guardian quoted Professor Robinson at the World Congress on Justice, Law, and Environmental Sustainability in his recent blog entry: “Prof[essor] Nicholas Robinson, a former chairman of IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Law, said: ‘It is probably utopic to expect that judges by themselves will be able to solve the environmental problems of […]

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