SOCIAL WATCH E-NEWSLETTER - Issue 90 - June 22, 2012

Issue 90 -  June 22, 2012

“The Future We Want”: Not perfect, but balanced

Photo; Navdanya International

More than 100 heads of State and government prepare to approve on Friday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio2012). After intensive and protracted informal negotiations, representatives of 191 countries reached an agreement on Tuesday.
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Tuning the tools to assess sustainability

A high-level forum at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development offered this week an opportunity to debate how to measure the social progress of countries and the whole world without merely depending on economic indicators, and assessing at the same time the damage caused by human activities to the well-being of the future generations.
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Civil society urges EU to strongly support Rio principles

Five leading civil society international networks urged the European Union heads of State and government to “demonstrate a commitment” to ensure at Rio2012 “that policies and practices pursued” within and outside the bloc “are consistent with the principles of sustainable development”.
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More than 135,000 people demand clear rules for Swiss corporations

The "Corporate Justice" petition was signed by 135.285 people. This campaign urges the Federal Council of Switzerland and the Parliament to compel Swiss transnational corporations to respect human rights and the environment worldwide, reported Alliance Sud, focal point of Social Watch in the European country.
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Arab NGO Network for Development: “Human rights, equality and justice”

“The popular mobilization” in the Arab world “would not calm whatever the difficulties were until the achievement of the desired goals,” said Ziad Abdel Samad, Executive Director of the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) after its most recent General Assembly in Beirut.
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