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Key messages for COP20 (Social PreCOP)

The Social PreCOP climate change summit brought together representatives of over 40 governments and nearly 80 civil society organisations. The meeting was held in Venezuela between 4- 7 November 2014. It was an unprecedented meeting of grassroots groups with governments in the build up to the official UN climate change negotiations, the next major conference will be held in Peru during December 2014

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Proposal for a Law of Mother Earth (Bolivian civil society)

The stated aim of the proposal for a framework Law of Mother Earth is to “begin a transition to a new model based on the principle of living well in harmony with nature” (“Vivir Bien” in Spanish). The objective of the law is to “guarantee the co-existence and preservation of life” by recognising that Mother Earth is a subject with rights. As the proposal says, “this is an attempt to create a new legal framework that goes beyond human rights”.

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UN-masking Climate Smart Agriculture (Via Campesina)

Press release by Via Campesina ahead of the UN Climate Summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in September 2014. Founded in 1993 La Via Campesina brings together “millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world.”.

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Tests of success for the SDGs (Stakeholder Forum)

The mandate to develop Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was one of the main outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in Rio in June 2012. A new tool called the Tests of Success for the SDGs has been developed by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable to support governments and other stakeholders to create and choose ambitious and effective sustainable development goals (SDGs) and targets, which fulfil the commitments made by world leaders at Rio+20.

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So what is economic success? Going beyond GDP and profit (ICAEW)

The ICAEW has launched a new project to “explore what we mean by economic success, the role that GDP and profit play in this, and the potential for broader measures of economic success to help us balance our economic priorities, our social goals, and the constraints imposed on us by the natural environment we live in.”

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Planetary Boundaries: Talking Green Economy with Johan Rockstrom

Leading scientist Johan Rockstrom explains the concept of planetary boundaries which proposes there is a safe operating space for human development. The concept has risen up the global agenda in recent years because: Mounting scientific evidence shows the planet is a complex interconnected system that […]

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Building Green Economies (WWF)

Building Green Economies / World Wildlife Fund (WWF) / October 2012 This comprehensive report gives an overview of why it is urgent to begin the transition to a green economy. Read report The first part of this report from WWF sets out why the transition […]

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