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The collective ‘Rio+20′: a milestone on the path from local to global citizenship

Submitted by on April 27, 2012 – 14:50No Comment

Twenty years after the first Earth Sum­mit for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, the Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence “Rio +20″ will bring together world lead­ers, from 20 to 22 June 2012, out­side the city of Rio de Janeiro. A People’s Sum­mit will be held from 15 to 23 June 2012, in the cen­ter of the city, with social move­ments and civil soci­eties, and Com­mu­ni­ties will also gather for a Global Town Hall. The world’s media will be there.

In a finite planet, with lim­ited sup­plies and a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, the cur­rent devel­op­ment model is run­ning out, deplet­ing nat­ural envi­ron­ments, increas­ing inequal­i­ties and degen­er­at­ing into a sys­temic cri­sis. States are clos­ing on short-term polit­i­cal, con­cerned about the dis­place­ment of eco­nomic hege­monies, and show lit­tle ambi­tion! Inter­gov­ern­men­tal meet­ings of March 2012 to final­ize the “Draft” to serve as the basis for nego­ti­a­tions, give also rise to the fears of a regres­sion on some fun­da­men­tal issues. Signed agree­ments such as water agree­ment, are being ques­tioned. Coali­tions are formed to counter, rather than to find solu­tions and to suc­ceed in for­mal­iz­ing the commitments!

The French Col­lec­tive RIO + 20 calls on Euro­pean civil soci­eties and social keyplayers.

- The col­lec­tive car­ries the polit­i­cal ambi­tion of a true change of civ­i­liza­tion since RIO+20, on the basis of gen­eral inter­est raised at the level of humanity,

- It will bring all those who strug­gle for a deci­sive impulse that looks beyond 2012 for a col­lec­tive and respon­si­ble man­age­ment of the planet, and the basis of clear com­mit­ments entered into a calendar.

- It invites you to join in this call to increase the strength of cit­i­zen mobi­liza­tion in Europe: sign, cre­ate links before and dur­ing the Rio con­fer­ence, keep each other informed, share pro­pos­als, broad­cast the call in other areas of influ­ence … join in initiatives

Since late 2010, this Col­lec­tive includes about forty civil soci­ety orga­ni­za­tions, asso­ci­a­tions and unions in France, from diverse shades of opin­ions and sec­tors of inter­ven­tion. Its mem­bers have taken the time to lay the ground­work for a con­sen­sus and to bring together pro­pos­als: first in the French con­text of course, but in Europe and inter­na­tional dynam­ics too:

- Sys­tem­atic inclu­sion of pro­pos­als in each stage of the offi­cial UN process

- Rela­tion­ships and reg­u­lar con­tri­bu­tions to the prepa­ra­tion work of the People’s Sum­mit, accord­ing to the method­ol­ogy pro­posed by the Brazil­ian Facil­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee which coor­di­nates a plat­form of Brazil­ian and inter­na­tional net­works, mobi­lized because « the tran­si­tion, it is now! »

- Inter­nal debates within the orga­ni­za­tions to for­mally val­i­date the pro­pos­als and increase their impact,

- Meet­ings, events, press con­fer­ences, campaigns .…

Extract from the Call on Euro­pean civil societies :

Guar­an­tee the right to food, water and devel­op­ment: The green econ­omy con­cept put for­ward in Rio would be inad­mis­si­ble if the invest­ment is rec­om­mended sub­ject to a unique approach by the mar­ket. Access to ser­vices and essen­tial goods asserts the pri­macy of the cit­i­zen on the eco­nomic and the need for finan­cial, eco­nomic and legal regulation.

Rec­og­nize the exis­tence of a plu­ral­ity of devel­op­ment pat­terns: stop the social mar­gin­al­iza­tion and increase invest­ment in basic ser­vices peo­ple need. The use of renew­able energy, agro­forestry prac­tices, sim­ple tech­niques for col­lect­ing, stor­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing water, are all rel­e­vant approaches for 1.8 bil­lion small farmers.

Reaf­firm the exis­tence of the com­mons, whether nat­ural envi­ron­ments, imma­te­r­ial tech­no­log­i­cal or cul­tural goods; rec­og­nize users’ exper­tise and encour­age local man­age­ment ; pro­tect them, limit their finan­cial­iza­tion ; rede­fine the rela­tion­ship between human­ity and nature ; stop spec­u­lat­ing on the con­di­tions nec­es­sary to good life.

Open new paths for eco­log­i­cal and social tran­si­tion of all our soci­eties: put the pub­lic inter­est first ; take into account the con­straint on con­sump­tion of resources in the search for a new model of social orga­ni­za­tion. From this per­spec­tive, strong social and ter­ri­to­r­ial inte­gra­tion is nec­es­sary to find other ways of sat­is­fac­tion than over-consumption.

Build a uni­ver­sal com­mon core of social pro­tec­tion: rec­og­nize the value of work­ing, accom­pany the train­ing time, and secure career paths open to qual­ity jobs across the planet. Social dump­ing must stop. A fair tran­si­tion can only be opened if the play­ers face their responsibility.

Rec­og­nize civil soci­ety: give it its right­ful place in the nego­ti­a­tion and decision-making process on pub­lic poli­cies and their local imple­men­ta­tion. New paths of devel­op­ment can be built only if the civic soci­ety, with its exper­tise in use, is included in upstream strate­gies and if con­flicts of inter­est are rec­og­nized in full transparency.

Active par­tic­i­pa­tion in RIO+20, stone to the build­ing for further.

A del­e­ga­tion will travel to Rio de Janeiro but will be nec­es­sar­ily lim­ited in the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants. In addi­tion it offers, from June 15 to 23, an oper­a­tion “RIO+20 extended” to mobi­lize and stim­u­late think­ing on the global dimen­sion of devel­op­ment, rec­og­niz­ing that local and global are inter­de­pen­dent for suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion. A cal­en­dar of ini­tia­tives is avail­able on the Collective’s blog. It allows to announce ini­tia­tives to set­tle the rela­tions between “Here” and “There”, orga­nized through tech­nolo­gies of remote communication.

Here are the ter­ri­to­ries where we live in France, as within Europe – space of shared des­tiny and polit­i­cal citizenship.

There, what are long and very long dis­tance relash­ion­hips that reflect our evolv­ing global citizenship.

« Our Rio here » : Orga­nized cit­i­zens, local and regional gov­ern­ments and enter­prises are already act­ing to pro­vide con­crete answers to the tran­si­tion. Prac­ti­tion­ers expe­ri­ence is not requested, just lis­tened and barely audible/heard in the mul­ti­tude of speeches! Yet their ini­tia­tives, often last­ing and promis­ing, are fun­da­men­tal to orga­nize the man­age­ment of inter­de­pen­den­cies, pro­tect the com­mons to serve the great­est number.

« Between here and there …»: Rio de Janeiro will play for over a week, an inter­na­tional pub­lic arena of con­fronta­tion of view­points, inter­ests, cul­tures. This engage­ment process installs inno­v­a­tive coex­is­tence between a People’s Sum­mit in par­al­lel and in con­junc­tion with the UN Con­fer­ence. “Small” bridges between the two events are sched­uled. This is a mile­stone on the path to global cit­i­zen­ship. Now, « Rio+20 extended » puts the spot­light on regional ini­tia­tives by inter­con­nected exchanges to antic­i­pate. Because in the after­math of Rio, prob­lems to solve will still be there! The road is long to install the con­di­tions for demo­c­ra­tic gov­er­nance at dif­fer­ent scales … to con­vert the try and get ben­e­fits in the ter­ri­to­ries for all res­i­dents and cit­i­zens of the world, equal in humanity.

To reach RIO+20 :

The pro­gram is avail­able, the calendar/agenda is online and opened to ini­tia­tives, pro­vided that French is an avail­able lan­guage of expression.

P’actes Européens « From Local to Global: Build­ing Europe » Mem­ber of Col­lec­tive RIO+20

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