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World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability

17-20 June 2012 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Highlights for Monday, 18 June 2012

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A view of Rio de Janeiro (photo courtesy of the Government of Brazil)
Gary Simpson, Bakary Kante, Ricardo Lorenzetti, Claudio Soares Lopes, Tun Arifin bin Zakaria, Antonio Herman Benjamin and Zakri Bin Abdul Hamid.
The World Congress convened on Monday at Mangaratiba, State of Rio de Janeiro for its first full day of discussions. Participants met in Plenary and parallel sessions.

The morning Plenary commenced with opening remarks from partner and host organizations, an introduction to the objectives of the World Congress and the adoption of the meeting agenda. Parallel sessions in the morning focused on new approaches to social justice and environmental sustainability. One session addressed the rights-based approach, the nexus between human rights and the environment and the emergence of environmental rights. The other examined the promotion of access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters.

In the afternoon, participants engaged in parallel sessions on improving the effectiveness of environmental governance at the national, regional and global levels. These included a session on the precepts and enabling conditions for effective governance at the national level, focusing on: linkages between effective national governance and the implementation of international environmental treaties, the establishment of specialized environmental courts, and capacity building. This was held alongside a session on effective governance at the regional and international levels, including the role of cross-border cooperation in environmental matters.

The day wrapped up with a closing session summarizing discussions in the parallel sessions and closing remarks.
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Bakary Kante,
Director of the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC), UNEP
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Antonio Herman Benjamin,
Justice at the High Court of Brazil
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Co-Chair Zakri Bin Abdul Hamid,
High Level International Advisory Committe for the World Congress
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Co-Chair Gary Simpson,
High Level International Advisory Committe for the World Congress
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Claudio dell'Orto,
President of the Association of Judges of the State of Rio de Janeiro
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Kenneth Markowitz,
Managing Director, INECE Secretariat
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Participants in a parallel session on precepts and enabling conditions for effective governance at the national level.
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Luc Lavrysen,
Justice, Supreme Court of Belgium
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Edward O. Ouko,
Auditor General, Kenya
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Scott Fulton,
General Counsel, United States Environmental Protection Agency
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Rachel Pepper,
Justice, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, Australia
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Anna O. Chifungula,
Auditor General, Zambia
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Winston Anderson,
Justice, Caribbean Court of Justice
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Tõnis Saar,
Working Group on Environmental Auditing, INTOSAI
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Maija Sakslin,
Deputy Ombudsman, Finland

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Congress resources
*Official website
*World Congress announcement
*World Congress provisional agenda and timetable
*World Congress objectives and expected outcome
*World Congress preparatory process
*World Congress background documents

UNCSD or Rio+20 resources
*Meeting website
*Third PrepCom website
*Third PrepCom organization of work
*Secretary-General’s report on objectives and themes
*Synthesis report on best practices and lessons learned on the objective and themes of the Conference
*UNCSD website
*UNCSD organization of work
*Implementation of Agenda 21, the programme for the further implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
*Side events at Rio+20
*Other events at Rio+20
*SD-Learning at Rio+20
*Partnership Forum
*Rio+20 calendar
*Member states


IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of Rio+20: Third PrepCom and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), 13-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS coverage of the Third Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UNCSD, 29 May - 2 June 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Second Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 23 April - 4 May 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Second Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 23 April - 4 May 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the First Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document and Third Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 19-23 and 26-27 March 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the First Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document and Third Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 19-23 and 26-27 March 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Initial Discussions on the “zero draft” of the outcome document for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 25-27 January 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Second Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 15-16 December 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS summary report of the Economic Commission for Europe’s Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 1-2 December 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20 African Regional Preparatory Process, 20-25 October 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Asia Pacific Region, 19-20 October 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Arab Region, 16-17 October 2011, Cairo, Egypt
IISD RS coverage of the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, 21-23 September 2011, Astana, Kazakhstan
*IISD RS coverage of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Pacific Countries, 21-22 July 2011, Apia, Samoa (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea Countries, 7-8 July 2011, Mahé, Seychelles (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean, 20 June 2011, Georgetown, Guyana (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the Keeping the Green Economy Blue: A Workshop in Preparation for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 29 April 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 7-8 March 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the First Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 10-11 January 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 17-19 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), 26 August - 4 September 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, 3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*SDG - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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