Active Citizens - Responsive Governments: Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration in Action
At Rio+20, there is a need to assess progress to date in achieving good national environmental governance. You will learn how ordinary citizens from around the world are trying to improve national environmental governance through the use of freedom of information laws, public participation mechanisms and judicial forums to improve environmental decision-making.
The workshop will look at strategies civil society organizations and communities can use in their own work, and the importance of establishing and strengthening the right to information, public participation and access to justice to promote transparency, accountability and inclusion all around the world.
Introduction and Welcome Carole Excell, Senior Associate The Access Initiative, World Resources Institute, USA
Is Anyone Listening? Documenting Public Hearings in India
Ritwick Dutta, Environmental Lawyer
Legal Initiative for Forests and Environment, India
Community Use of Right to Information Law to Improve Air and Water Quality in Indonesia Dyah Paramita, Researcher Indonesian Center for Environmental Law, Indonesia
Moving from Principles to Rights: Rio 2012 and Ensuring Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice for Everyone David Banisar, Senior Legal Counsel Article 19, UK
Respondent - Alexander Juras, Chief, Major Group and Stakeholder Branch, United Nations Environment Programme
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