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Urgent Action Needed to Support Mongolia's Reindeer Herders

Community Plays Critical Role in Promoting Biodiversity, But Faces Increasing Threats

Kautokeino (Norway) / Nairobi, 26 March 2012 - Mongolia's reindeer herders and their forest homeland are facing unprecedented challenges from unregulated mining, logging, water pollution, climate change and some tourism practices, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The Future We Do Not Want

Derek Osborn, President, Stakeholder Forum

The text that has emerged from the first week of Rio+20 negotiations has become a monstrosity. The already inadequate Zero Draft has emerged festooned with bracketed amendments, whose general tendency is profoundly negative.

Préambule

1.1 L'humanité se trouve à un moment crucial de son histoire. Nous assistons actuellement à la perpétuation des disparités entre les nations et à l'intérieur des nations, à une aggravation de la pauvreté, de la faim, de l'état de santé et de l'analphabétisme, et à la détérioration continue des écosystèmes dont nous sommes tributaires pour notre bien-être.

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1. Preamble 1.1 - 1.6

SECTION I. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS

Agenda 21 (english)

Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.

Rio+20: Leaders hope for “ambitious” outcome

“The conference should advance the global transition towards a ‘green’ economy,” state the leaders. To this end, it should promote environmental protection, contribute to poverty eradication and stimulate low carbon and resource-efficient growth. The Council also calls on the Rio+20 conference to work towards clear operational targets and concrete actions at national and international level within agreed timeframes. It would like to see progress in work on setting global and coherent post-2015 goals for sustainable development that also take account of the review process of the Millennium Development Goals.

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