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Countdown starts for presidential veto on Brazil Forest Code

Brasilia, Brazil: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has until May 25 to decide whether to veto a draft rewrite of Brazil’s Forest Code that will wind back protections against deforestation in the Amazon and other areas and offer wide ranging amnesties for illegal deforestation.

The 15 working day period for a complete or partial veto on the Forest Code submitted by the Brazilian Congress commenced last Monday (May 7), when the bill was officially handed to the president. In absence of a veto, the new law would be sanctioned automatically once the deadline has passed.

Poverty Reduction: Continuing with business-as-usual is not an option

Continuing with business-as-usual is not an option in a world of increasing environmental scarcities, growing economic uncertainty and inequalities, and the continued existence of widespread poverty. The Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty is still far from reach despite decades of economic growth and efforts for poverty eradication.

The recent financial, food and economic crises have brought new setbacks in the fight against poverty.

Without finance, Rio+20 will fail to deliver

As Rio+20 is not expected to lead to legally binding treaties along the lines of The Earth Summit in 1992, the ability to deliver on aspirations and policy agreement from the conference is going to depend principally on the mobilisation of finance.

Rio Game Change

Game Change Rio does not aim to change the world on its own. But it offers a great way to engage with the complexities facing our planet today. Based on a huge array of real-life data, players can explore the countless options to ruin our world for future generations or save the planet. Once more of us begin to understand the issues involved, we have a better chance of changing the game.

Rio+20: Challenges, Opportunities, Responses

Thursday, 10th May 2012 | 6.30pm
University of Geneva | Room U300 | Uni-Dufour

Is 'Gross National Happiness' a Better Measurement Than GDP?

"The earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, not every man's greed."

While the sentiments at the U.N. overwhelmingly recognized that measuring development purely in economic terms is not sustainable, it may be only when our resources are depleted that this issue will truly come to a head.

2012 April 25-26: Geneva, third workshop on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, making adaptation work

The workshop aims to exchange practical experience and share lessons learned on the technical and strategic aspects of adapting to climate change; identify best practices, challenges and success factors and lessons learnt; share experience between the pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins under the Water Convention as well as other similar initiatives; and support governments, organizations and joint bodies engaged in the process of preparing national or regional adaptation strategies.

R20 summary

“The R20 is all about one thing: to go in the direction of subnational governments – there is so much power at the level of states, provinces, cities, and this power has not been utilized.
And there is also the power of individuals: we should be working from the bottom-up because every great movement in the world has started at grassroots level. Ultimately, it is all about people’s power.” – said the R20 Founding Chair, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Nourish Our People – Nurture Our Planet

To address current and future challenges, a transformation of our entire agriculture and food systems is needed to ensure food and nutrition security, protect natural resources and support equitable development for all, with a particular focus on unleashing the potential of millions of small farmers and food producers, of whom the majority are women.

27-29 april 2012: Youth Perspectives 2012

At the end of the third day, each committee will adopt a final report, which will be further voted upon by the “Youth Perspectives General Assembly”, composed of all participants, thus legitimizing the outcome document. Due to the fact that GIMUN benefits from Special Consultative Status within the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), this outcome document will be circulated within UN and NGO networks; our work has the potential for significant impact beyond our conference.

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