The People's Summit and Rio+20

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Information on Summits

The People's Summit website offers a wealth of information about the Summit, organizing themes, events, and materials to prepare you for participation. Main themes include: 

  • Ethical and philosophical fundamentals: subjectivity, domination, and emancipation
  • Human rights, peoples, territories and defense of Mother Earth
  • Political subjects, the architecture of power and democracy
  • Production, distribution and consumption, access to wealth, common goods and the economies in transition

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development website provides information on themes, meetings and other resources about the UN's conference. 

Statements on the People's Summit and Rio+20

Declaration of Social Movements Assembly Porto Alegre (RS), Brazil 28 January 2012, a statement by the World March of Women (posted 6/5/12)

Reclaiming our Future: Rio+20 and Beyond, a call to action by La Via Campesina. (posted 5/29/12)

The Future We Want, zero draft of the outcome document for Rio+20 generated by member states of the United Nations. (posted 6/4/12)

The Nairobi Declaration, May 31, 2012: Reclaiming Right at Rio: CSO Consultation to the African Agenda at the Rio+20 Summit (posted 6/6/12)

What is at Stake at Rio+20? A statement prepared by the International Coordination Group (CG) of the People's Summit for Social and Environmental Justice. (posted 6/5/12)

People's Summit at Rio+20 for Social and Environmenal Justice, Against Commodification of Life, and in Defense of the Commons, Call to Action for June 5th and June 20th. (posted 6/12/12)

A Focus on Brazil

Food and Energy Sovereignty Now: Brazilian Grassroots Position on Agroenergy, written by The Oakland Institute, 2/25/08 (posted 6/5/12)

Indigenous People in the Northeast Under the Impact of Sao Francisco River Transportation a report  (posted 6/5/12)

International Rivers, an organization at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them, reported on various actions that took place in various South American countries.  Scroll to see what has taken place in Brazil. (poste 6/5/12)

The March/April 2011 issue of NACLA Report on the Americas focuses on Lula's Legacy in Brazil. (posted 6/5/12)

River Rerouting in Brazil: Reinventing a Broken Wheel, a 2007 blog post by Saulo Araujo at Grassroots International.  (posted 6/5/12)

Statement by Joao Pedro Stedile in meeting with President Dilma.  This is a transcript of the talk by Joao Pedro Stedile of the MST in the meeting between Dilma and representatives of civil society held on January 26, 2012 during the Thematic Social forum in Porto Alegre. (posted 6/5/12)

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011 - Brazil provides a summary of issues Indigenous and African people face in Brazil. (posted 6/5/12)

The Landless Rural Workers Movement and Democracy in Brazil, by Miguel Carter. (posted 6/5/12)

The Neoliberal Agrarian Model in Brazil, an article by Joao Pedro Stedile in Monthly Review (posted 6/5/12)

Water conflicts in the Sao Francisco River basins in Brazil, a 2008 blog post by Saulo Araujo at Grassroots International.  (posted 6/5/12)

Useful Multi-Media Pieces

All Eyes on Mangroves, a radio clip about Silvia Quiroa of Friends of the Earth on false solutions to climate change in El Salvador. Real World News (posted 6/4/12)

Anil Nandoo on the Importance of the People's Summit, posted to YouTube by La Via Campesina.  The challenge...is to come together against one common agenda - whether you work on land, finance, trade, food water, climate...this will impact all of it. (posted 6/4/12)

Brazil Drought Threatens Millions, a video by Aljazeera (posted 6/7/12) 

Corporate Colonialism, Nettie Weible from La Via Campesina speaks of the Rio+20 agenda as a new wave of corporate colonialism. (posted 6/5/12)

Cúpula dos Povos: várias vozes, um objetivo, a video promoting the People's Summit.  Video is in Spanish and Portuguese. (posted 6/5/12)

Rio+20: From sustainable development to green economy, what is at stake? Which alternatives? A 16-minute, English subtitled video with interviews of Pablo Solon, Edagardo Lander, Yvonne Yanez, Silvia Ribeiro, Tony Clarke, Nnimmo Bassey, Anabella Rosemberg. (posted 6/10/12)

Articles

Alternatives to the Green Economy from Bolivian Civil Society, by a guest blogger at Global Transition 2012. (posted 5/29/12)

Is the "Green Economy" the New Washington Consensus, an article by Christophe on No to the Green Economy website. (posted 5/29/12)

Representantes da Cúpula dos Povos criticam 'economia verde' no Rio, an article discussing the criticism by People's Summit representatives of the green economy. The article appeared in G1 O portal de noticias da globo and is in Portuguese. (posted 6/5/12) Note: GGJ National Coordinator Cindy Wiesner appears in the article's photo.

Rio+20 and the Greenwashing of the Global Economy, an article by Olivier Hoedeman on the website of the Transnational Institute. (posted 5/29/12)

Sustainable Energy for All Initiative - Using poverty and climate change as excuses to increase corporate profits from energy provision, an open letter that calls on governments to reject the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SEFA) by Global Justice Ecology Project. (posted 6/4/12)nts for living with dignity: food, water, land, housing, knowledge and public services (education, health, energy, etc.). (posted 6/5/12)

Sustainable Energy for All - Or Sustained Profits for a Few, a statement by Biofuelwatch. (posted 6/4/12)

The Common Good and Public Services, a statement by the World March of Women. "The common good describes specific "goods" that are shared by and beneficial for all (or for most) members of a given community, such as the basic requireme

The Green Economy: The wolf in sheep's clothing, by Edgardo Lander. A publication available by the Transnational Institute. (posted 5/29/12)

Who Will Control the Green Economy?, a report by ETC Group (posted 6/7/12)

Why the Earth Summit Failed, by David Treece in International Socialism (posted 6/4/12)