1. Maybe a bit of commodification and then some dematerialism? Jo Leinen MEP

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    Jo Leinen MEP has some sympathy for the green economy, and argues that the problem is that business is strong and governments are weak - at a debate organised by CEO, Friends of the Earth Europe and TNI on whether the EU's pursuit of the green economy is a solution for Rio+20, ahead of the UN meeting later this June.

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    • How many planets do we need to support a green economy?

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      After all the speakers had made their cases, Hugo-Maria Schally and Pablo Solon respond to the arguments - Solon asking how many planets do we have to support our current development model? The session wrapped up a public debate organised by CEO, Friends of the Earth Europe and TNI on whether the EU's pursuit of the green economy is a solution for Rio+20, ahead of the UN talks that take place later this June.

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      • Pablo Solon: stop treating nature as a commodity

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        Pablo Solon, Director of Focus on the Global South and the former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN, argued against the proposals for a "green economy", pointing out that governments must accept that there are limits to profit-making. Solon was speaking at a public debate organised by CEO, Friends of the Earth Europe and TNI to discuss whether the EU's pursuit of the green economy was a solution for Rio+20 - ahead of the UN Rio conference on sustainable development later this June.

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        • The EU's position - putting "green" on the business agenda

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          Just days before the start of Rio + 20 - the UN conference on sustainable development - CEO, Friends of the Earth Europe and TNI hosted a debate on the EU's position ahead of the talks. We asked: "Is the EU's pursuit of the green economy a solution for Rio+20?" Hugo-Maria Schally is Head of Multilateral Environmental Agreements at DG Environment - he kicked off the debate.

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          • Financiarisation de la nature, l'exemple des forêts.

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            Pour beaucoup d’acteurs de la société civile, « l’économie verte » promue par les institutions internationales, et qui sera à l’ordre du jour du prochain sommet Rio+20, étend les logiques de financiarisation et de marchandisation à la nature. Après avoir publié une vidéo intitulée Du développement durable à l’économie verte, quels enjeux ? Quelle alternative ?, Alter-Echos (www.alter-echos.org) poursuit son travail d’explicitation en prenant l’exemple du dispositif REDD (Réduction des émissions liées à la déforestation et la dégradation des forêts). Développés et mis en œuvre dans le cadre des négociations climatiques, les mécanismes de type REDD sont présentés comme permettant de lutter efficacement contre la déforestation tout en finançant les pays et populations du Sud. Pour Pablo Solon, interviewé dans la vidéo qui suit, les dispositifs REDD réduisent la forêt à un stock de carbone afin de l’insérer dans les marchés carbone. Spéculation financière, effet d’aubaine, remise en cause des droits de populations locales, perte de souveraineté et absence de réduction des émissions sont quelques-unes des conséquences.

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            • Rich Polluters — Including U.S. — Should Face Sanctions for Rejecting Binding Emissions Cuts

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              www.DemocracyNow.org - Talks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference are in their second to last day, but little progress appears to have been made on the key issues of extending the Kyoto Protocol or forming a Green Climate Fund. The United States is refusing to accept any deal involving binding emissions cuts before the year 2020 despite dire warnings that the world can't afford to wait. Democracy Now! gets analysis from Pablo Solon, Bolivia's former ambassador to the United Nations and former chief negotiator on climate change, and from Patrick Bond, a South African climate activist, professor and author. "The main issue is the figure of emission reductions of rich countries is not really being raised," Solon says. "It is very, very low... You cannot be silent when you see the genocide and ecocide that is going to happen because of this kind of decision." Solon also says the U.S. "blackmails" developing countries into dropping demands for binding cuts by threatening to withdraw climate aid. Bond says the next round of climate talks should include the idea of sanctions against major polluters, like the United States, that reject binding cuts. To watch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for more reports from the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Durban, visit http://www.democracynow.org/tags/durban_climate_summit_2011 FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Download the Audio: http://www.soundcloud.com/officialdemocracynow Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/YT

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              • Pablo Solon: Los retos de la sociedad civil de cara a Rio+20

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                Pablo Solon: Los retos de la sociedad civil de cara a Rio+20. Pablo Solon, Embajador de Bolivia ante la ONU, nos habla de los temas que estan en juego y los retos de las conferencias sobre el medio ambiente en Durban y en Rio +20. Entrevista realizada en Dakar durante el Foro Social Mundial 2011 para el capitulo « El procomùn en la agenda global » de remixthecommons.org. Pablo Solon: Les défis de la société civile face à Rio+20. Pablo Solon, ambassadeur de Bolivie à l'ONU, parle des thématiques et des défis qui seront en jeu lors des conférences sur l'environnement de Durban et Rio+20. Entrevue réalisé à Dakar au cours du Forum Social Mondial 2011 pour le chapitre « Les communs à l'ordre du jour planétaire » de remixthecommons.org Pablo Solon: Challenges for Civil Society in the run-up to Rio+20. Pablo Solon, Bolivia's Ambassador to the United Nations, discusses the issues and the challenges in the upcoming conferences on the environment in Durban and Rio+20. Interview made at the World Social Forum, Dakar, February 2011, for « The commons on the global agenda » chapter in remixthecommons.org.

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                • Pablo Solon - 2011 International Honoree

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                  On June 1, 2001 Global Exchange hosted it's 9th Annual Human Rights Awards in San Francisco, CA. International Honoree Pablo Solon, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations confronts the challenge of climate change with a set of priorities and principles that often places him at odds with the rubber stamp diplomats of other nations. The message from Mr. Solon calls for addressing the root causes of the climate change crisis, creating binding agreements and climate debt repayment mechanisms and developing a framework for holistic, systemic change. If he seems a little different than your typical diplomat, perhaps it is because of his background. Prior to his work representing Bolivia to the United Nations, Ambassador Solon was an activist working with indigenous people's movements, workers, unions, student associations and human rights organizations. He brings this framework to his role as the Bolivian representative to the UN climate negotiations, putting pressure on the countries most responsible for climate change to own up to their role in the crisis by shouldering a fair share of the burden of paying for its effects. Aside from his role in climate negotiations, Pablo Solon has emerged at the forefront of the movement to radically change the relationship between humankind and nature. At the conclusion of the People's World Conference on Climate Change in 2010, the representatives assembled put forward the landmark People's Accord. This document, ratified by thousands of attendees to the conference in Cochabamba, calls attention to the need to recognize the fundamental rights of nature, creating a new cultural and legal framework to protect natural ecosystems from harm. In the Cancun rounds of the United Nations Climate Conference, Ambassador Solon, on behalf of Bolivia, refused to sign the final accord, stating the document represented a giant step backwards, in that it replaced binding accords with voluntary pledges. At the same time he spoke to the need for global recognition of the Rights of Nature - international standards that afford rights and legal standing not just to individuals and businesses adversely affected by the exploitation and damage to natural resources, but to nature and ecosystems themselves. At the UN, Ambassador Solon played a key role in the introduction of draft text for a Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, a companion piece to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, this past Earth Day, April 22nd. Ambassador Solon has also served as Bolivian Ambassador for issues concerning Integration and Trade, investor-state dispute settlement, indigenous peoples rights, migration, water and the environment. Last July, Ambassador Solon joined the powerful group of countries that backed, and saw the passage of the UN resolution recognizing the human right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation. He was the Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) during the Bolivian Presidency of that institution (from December 2006 to May 2008), and he served as President Evo Morales' delegate in the Strategic Reflection for South American Integration. He recently contributed to the Global Exchange co-produced book, Rights of Nature: The Case for A Universal Declaration for the Rights of Nature (2011). Watch a video about Mr. Solon's work here: http://www.vimeo.com/25377783 More information on the book can be found here: http://www.globalexchange.org/blogs/peopletopeople/2011/04/15/upcoming-rights-of-nature-book-launch-events/

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                  • Les peuples face aux G8 - G20

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                    C'est en France que les prochains G8 (26 et 27 mai à Deauville) et G20 (3 et 4 novembre à Cannes) vont se tenir. A l'occasion du Forum Social Mondial de Dakar (février 2011), Alter-Echos (www.alter-echos.org) a interviewé des représentants de la société civile de chaque continent afin d'avoir leur avis sur les enjeux et défis des prochains G8 et G20. Parmi eux, Naomi Klein, Pablo Solon, Susan George, Nnimmo Basseyetc... Cette vidéo est le quatrième chapitre de la vidéo complète (disponible ici : http://vimeo.com/22341785). Elle revient sur les réactions des populations aux politiques d'austérité menées parles pays riches face à la crise économique et aux initiatives à prendre pour empêcher le G8 et le G20 de perdurer dans leurs politiques de casse sociale, néfastes pour l'environnement et non démocratiques.

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                    • G8 - G20 face aux crises alimentaire et agricole

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                      C'est en France que les prochains G8 (26 et 27 mai à Deauville) et G20 (3 et 4 novembre à Cannes) vont se tenir. A l'occasion du Forum Social Mondial de Dakar (février 2011), Alter-Echos (www.alter-echos.org) a interviewé des représentants de la société civile de chaque continent afin d'avoir leur avis sur les enjeux et défis des prochains G8 et G20. Parmi eux, Naomi Klein, Pablo Solon, Susan George, Nnimmo Bassey etc... Cette vidéo est le troisième chapitre de la vidéo complète (disponible ici : http://vimeo.com/22341785). Elle revient sur les crises alimentaires et agricoles dont sont victimes bon nombre de populations de pays du Sud en raison notamment des politiques commerciales menées par les pays riches.

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