The Rio+20 Major Group ?NGOs? Organizing Partners have identified a number of key NGO networks, and asked representatives central to these networks to help set up thematic clusters for the purpose of arriving at common policy positions and lobbying strategies. The immediate aim is to derive a common position for each thematic cluster to advocate in the Rio process with a common voice. Thus, we invite you to serve on one or more of the proposed thematic clusters by contacting the designated facilitators. For ease of reference, the contact information for the thematic clusters will be maintained online at the Major Group for NGOs page of the UNCSD web site(http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=102).

The thematic facilitators have been asked to commit to maintaining an email list for their cluster and to facilitate electronic communications as well as coordinate meetings of their cluster at the UN if so desired. (Source: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&nr=857&type=230&menu=38)

The most immediate task now is to submit proposed amendments to the Zero Draft outcome document -- specifically on Sections 3, 4 and 5. As you may recall from the Informal consultations held at the UN last Jan. 25-27, Governments have been given a deadline of 29 February to submit their written comments. The office of the Major Groups Programme Coordinator has agreed to compile NGO amendments into the zero draft outcome document for the Bureau's consideration. The deadline for this NGO compilation text is Friday, 24 February.

So we are inviting everyone to propose text amendments for Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the outcome document with the intention of strengthening the rights-based approach to sustainable development and promoting intra- and inter-generational equity and justice. These can include proposed measures to strengthen the protection, respect and fulfillment of existing rights; or to propose stronger or more explicit language on specific rights (such as the right to environment); or to propose the recognition of Rights of Future Generations or rights of nature; or proposals for strengthening the accountability of governments and non-state actors (e.g. TNCs) for rights violations; etc.

However, please take note that these proposals should be short and concise, and follow UN modalities -- 2 or 3 sentences at most. We can pursue a separate process for coming out with a more comprehensive statement/s (not necessarily for lobbying purposes) if people wish to do so.

We ask that you submit your proposals to aalfonso@iboninternational.org and pquintos.ibon@gmail.com by February 22 to give us time to compile them and submit a consolidated version by 24 February."/> Rio+20 : Invitation to join Rio+20 Issues Cluster on Human Rights and Equity
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Invitation to join Rio+20 Issues Cluster on Human Rights and Equity
About IBON International

With 33 years of experience, Ibon has gained prominence in the international community as a research-education-information and advocacy organization. Since its establishment in 1978, Ibon, as a development institution, has been seeking to contribute to people?s empowerment by generating and collecting socio-economic data and analyses, and by disseminating these in the Philippines and abroad.

Ibon helps raise awareness and contributes to advancing alternatives for people-centred sustainable development. For Ibon, measures to address the economic, social and environmental crisis confronting the world today must be consistent with science and social justice. To this end, Ibon conducts research-education and information activities on the roots, impacts and solutions to the climate crisis among Southern and Northern civil society organizations and social movements. Some of our recent publications include policy briefs on the green economy, and climate finance; two primers on the climate crisis; a book series on the state of the Philippine environment among others.

Further, Ibon provides secretariat support to the Rights for Sustainability Initiative, the People?s Movement on Climate Change (PMCC), the People?s Coalition for Food Sovereignty and Reality of Aid Network. Last August 2011, Ibon together with the Asia Pacific Research Network and Reality of Aid ? Asia Pacific organized a strategy workshop on Rio+20 or more officially known as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development that gathered around 50 leaders and representatives of CSOs in Asia Pacific. Ibon was recently elected Asia-Pacific regional representative of Major Groups and Stakeholders to the United Nations Environment Program in recognition of its work.

The Rights for Sustainability (R4S) Initiative coordinated by Ibon is a platform for advocacy that aims to promote a rights-based approach to sustainable development as a way of ensuring that inter- and intra-generational equity and justice are central concerns in the reform agenda at Rio+20 and beyond. This is also one way to counter the market-oriented, corporate-led green economy agenda that currently dominates policy-making circles.

It serves as platform for enjoining CSOs to use the Rio process to demand clear mandates and commitments for public officials to take action to fulfill the above rights and provide conditions for rights claimants to hold duty bearers accountable, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, donors, international financial institutions, transnational corporations, international NGOs and other actors.

The R4S Initiative can also be one way of reaching out to more groups and encouraging them to engage in the Rio process. As a platform for lobbying, it should also feed into the Major Groups processes at the same time facilitating CSO engagement with governments at the national and global levels.

To launch this initiative, Ibon International organized the "Global Civil Society Workshop on the Rio+20 Zero Draft and Rights for Sustainability" back-to-back with the UN Division for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) training session for members of the Major Groups in connection with the Jan. 25-27 Informal Consultation on Rio+20 Zero Draft. Around 70 participants from various civil society organizations (CSOs) and social movements participated in this event to examine the content of the Zero Draft of the outcome document for Rio+20 and to strategize how to influence the outcome of the negotiations in favor of a rights-based approach to sustainability. It further aimed to analyze to what extent key CSO asks on human rights, equity and justice are reflected in the draft and to bring civil society voices from the South to engage in the official Rio+20 process.

The Rio+20 Major Group ?NGOs? Organizing Partners have identified a number of key NGO networks, and asked representatives central to these networks to help set up thematic clusters for the purpose of arriving at common policy positions and lobbying strategies. The immediate aim is to derive a common position for each thematic cluster to advocate in the Rio process with a common voice. Thus, we invite you to serve on one or more of the proposed thematic clusters by contacting the designated facilitators. For ease of reference, the contact information for the thematic clusters will be maintained online at the Major Group for NGOs page of the UNCSD web site(http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=102).

The thematic facilitators have been asked to commit to maintaining an email list for their cluster and to facilitate electronic communications as well as coordinate meetings of their cluster at the UN if so desired. (Source: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&nr=857&type=230&menu=38)

The most immediate task now is to submit proposed amendments to the Zero Draft outcome document -- specifically on Sections 3, 4 and 5. As you may recall from the Informal consultations held at the UN last Jan. 25-27, Governments have been given a deadline of 29 February to submit their written comments. The office of the Major Groups Programme Coordinator has agreed to compile NGO amendments into the zero draft outcome document for the Bureau's consideration. The deadline for this NGO compilation text is Friday, 24 February.

So we are inviting everyone to propose text amendments for Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the outcome document with the intention of strengthening the rights-based approach to sustainable development and promoting intra- and inter-generational equity and justice. These can include proposed measures to strengthen the protection, respect and fulfillment of existing rights; or to propose stronger or more explicit language on specific rights (such as the right to environment); or to propose the recognition of Rights of Future Generations or rights of nature; or proposals for strengthening the accountability of governments and non-state actors (e.g. TNCs) for rights violations; etc.

However, please take note that these proposals should be short and concise, and follow UN modalities -- 2 or 3 sentences at most. We can pursue a separate process for coming out with a more comprehensive statement/s (not necessarily for lobbying purposes) if people wish to do so.

We ask that you submit your proposals to aalfonso@iboninternational.org and pquintos.ibon@gmail.com by February 22 to give us time to compile them and submit a consolidated version by 24 February." />
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