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Civil Society Groups Mobilise in Rio

A loosely defined document with the idealistic title “The Future We Want” has been agreed upon after week long deliberations by a 193 member committee at the Rio+20. The document has called for the inclusion of “women, non-governmental organisations, and indigenous groups in the sustainable development agenda.” But, these 'recommendations' and 'voluntary' commitments are hollow promises with no compulsory e ...

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Rio+20: Brittany Trilford demands world leaders to lead

Brittany Trilford, a 17-year-old girl from New Zealand, won the Tcktcktck competition "Date with History" and was invited to speak on behalf of the children and youth at the opening ceremony of the Rio+20 Summit, in front of world leaders from 130 different nations. This is what she had to say: ...

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Palestinians of Shatila – from Refugee Camp to Urban Slum

The commencement of the Rio+20 Sustainability Conference on June 20th coincides with another important UN event - World Refugee Day.  The occasion will be marked in countries accross the world to mobilise support for the millions of people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict, poverty and natural disasters. The UNHCR Chief, António Guterres, is in Rio to emphasize that "environm ...

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Chemical Fertilizer Impedes Development of African Agriculture

Life has been a constant struggle for African families since the collapse of colonialism in the early 1980s.  People living on this continent have had no choice but to live a hard life in order to sustain themselves. One of the major problems in Africa is the lack of existing industry to engage the teeming youth in employment. Very few industries built by the colonial masters have survived the test of time ...

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Serbian Election Campaign fails to address environmental concerns

The General Serbian elections held in May resulted in the election of a new president, Tomislav Nikolić - leader of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).  Voters were given a wide range of political options, however transparency of the election process itself and media coverage did not meet satisfactory standards - according to international observers. The Republican Electoral Commission revealed that 4.3 pe ...

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The Long Road Back to Rio

Part 1: Evading the Climate Conundrum I am only a child and I don't have all the solutions, but I want you to realise, neither do you. You don't know how to fix the ozone layer, you don't know how to bring the salmon back up a dead stream. You don't know how to bring back an extinct animal and you cant bring back the forest that once grew, where there is now a desert. If you don't know how to fix it, please ...

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