No place for cynics: Rio and the first 20 years of a long journey

Volume
6,
Number
2
-
18 June 2012
18 June 2012
Group dynamics and a shared and thorough understanding of life support systems is what ensures survival of species. As E.O.Wilson succinctly puts in his recent book The Social Conquest of the Earth , in the history of our planet, "colonies of cheaters lose to colonies of cooperators." Two decades...
18 June 2012
"Actions speak louder than words but not nearly as often." That was the contention of Samuel Clemens, America's celebrated author and humourist, known more widely by his pen name, Mark Twain. In the world's current multilateral context, his assertion remains poignantly accurate. Gathering this...
18 June 2012
The challenge of making a transition to a green economy - as one of the avenues for progress towards sustainable development - is enormous. It entails political and ethical choices that require drastic renewed thinking on economic growth, finance, international trade and investment rules. Most of...
18 June 2012
"Climate change is already happening," an African farmer told me at a recent global agriculture meeting. "In Ghana, the timing of the rainy season is becoming more and more unpredictable." Another cautioned that poverty and hunger were likely to remain problems in his country as long as farmers...
18 June 2012
The WTO's highest court ruled on 16 May that the US "dolphin-safe" label violates WTO law by discriminating against Mexican tuna. The judgement, marking a tentative end to the decade-old conflict between Washington and Mexico City, was immediately lambasted by environmentalists and US consumer...
18 June 2012
After two weeks of backpedalling, quarrelling, and stonewalling on some issues and constructive negotiating on others, parties attending the UNFCCC's mid-year negotiating session in Bonn, Germany managed to move marginally forward from their last gathering in Durban. While many green groups and...
18 June 2012
Keen to avoid a political non-event at Rio+20, some cautious parties have pinned their hopes on an agreed set of goals that aim to provide a viable framework to help implement measures crucial to international and national support for sustainable development. The so-called Sustainable Development...
18 June 2012
Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) met recently to engage in a text-based negotiation on an international instrument relating to the protection of Traditional Knowledge (TK). When compared to reports of WIPO's February meeting on genetic...
18 June 2012
Be sure to visit ictsd.org/news/biores regularly for breaking trade and environment news EU, aviation industry clash over emissions scheme Wrangling between EU lawmakers and the aviation industry over the inclusion of aviation into the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) intensified in late May, as...
18 June 2012
Trade and Environment Briefing Notes - ICTSD, UNEP and ITC - June 2012 Jointly published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and International Trade Centre (ITC), this series of briefing notes aims to inform governments,...