4-7 June - 2012

Rio for People Conference
SAVE THE DATES! June 4-7, 2012

RIO FOR PEOPLE: Strengthening People’s Capacity for Genuine Sustainable Development

Hanoi, Vietnam

Despite calls for renewed political commitment to the principles and
goals of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to address the unequal and
unsustainable character of dominant development patterns, Rio+20 is
inclined to reinforcing the same neoliberal framework that was the very
cause of the multiple crises of today. The Green Economy, premised on
the commodification of nature and ecosystem services, allows for
business as usual and very well suits the interests of the corporate

Meanwhile, the world’s most affected people,
especially those from the South, who have real sustainable solutions in
their hands and can thus respond to calls for a ‘change in patterns of
production and consumption’ remain left out. While the United Nations
has a mechanism for involving different social sectors, Rio+20’s focus
on Green Economy despite wide opposition expressed in Preparatory
Meetings such as in Asia Pacific and Latin America shows that the
people’s agenda are not priority in the Rio negotiations and thus leaves
the world’s most affected without effective representation in such
critical decision-making processes. Besides deliberate exclusion or
marginalization in these processes, some activists note the lack of a
consolidated and coordinated civil society movement on Rio+20 and
sustainable development at the regional and global levels.

The Southern grassroots peoples’ voices and contributions deserve a place
in the global debate about the social and ecological future of the
planet. It is high time that they exert more influence and power in the
negotiations, decision-making, policy formulation, and other processes
on matters that affect their lives. In many if not all cases, however,
they acknowledge the lack of capacity in many areas of work such as
lobbying, advocacy, and policy work. The Asia Pacific Research Network
aims to help address these concerns through a capacity development
conference guided by researches that show the realities on the ground
and address issues for more effective advocacy and engagement for
genuine sustainable development towards and post-Rio+20.

The conference, to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, will be a research-guided
capacity development exercise for grassroots organizations from the
South for a coordinated advocacy and engagement aimed at achieving
genuine sustainable development towards and post-Rio+20. More
specifically, it aims to (1) promote critical awareness of Rio +20
issues among Asian CSOs and constituencies; (2) promote better
coordination for Asian CSO participation from the grassroots; (3)
support critical initiatives for policy advocacy; and (4) develop
research initiatives to pursue future directions in sustainable
development advocacy and implementation initiatives.

For more information, visit the Asia Pacific Research Network.

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