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Rio without the principles

Rio without the principles

By Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International - Today marks the end of the Rio+20 Summit and instead of reflecting on the last week I find myself reflecting on the Rio of twenty years ago. What were middle-of-the-road ideas at the Rio Summit in 1992 are now considered radical. Governments this week have done all they can to retreat from what they agreed on then.

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What has taken place at the People’s Summit

What has taken place at the People’s Summit

By Dipti Bhatnagar, FoE Mozambique and Co-Coordinator of the FoEI Climate Justice & Energy Program - While the Rio+20 official UN Summit is fast turning into a dead space where world leaders are allowing the earth to hurtle down dangerous paths, on the other side of the city, the People’s Summit (called the Cúpula dos Povos in Portuguese) continues to be a vibrant, living space.

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Rio+20 Summit Condemned as Sell Out of People and the Planet

Rio+20 Summit Condemned as Sell Out of People and the Planet

Today we strongly condemn world leaders for selling out people and the planet in their Rio+20 declaration which falls way short of the action needed to tackle the planetary crisis we face, and does not include any of the real solutions demanded by the people at the alternative People’s Summit. [1]

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Nnimmo Bassey at Democracy Now!

Nnimmo Bassey at Democracy Now!

Nnimmo Bassey, director of Environmental Rights Action / Friends of the Earth Nigeria and chair of Friends of the Earth International, appears at the news channel "Democracy Now!"

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Watch the video! - Rio+20 : 50,000 demonstrate against the 'green economy'

While the official UN conference on sustainable development, known as Rio +20, opened this Wednesday, June 20, on the basis of a draft statement considered by many organizations as unacceptable, the initiators of the People's Summit organized a massive protest in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, which seems to attracted at least 50,000 people. For social and climate justice and against the financialization of nature.

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The energy for sustainability in the streets

The energy for sustainability in the streets

By Nimmo Bassey, Chair, Friends of the Earth International - I could be sitting at the table with heads of state right now. But I had to make a choice. I had to choose to sit with them or to be in the streets standing alongside the people for whom sustainability really matters. So of course I am in the streets.

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Rio+20 Declaration: A Gift to Corporate Polluters

Rio+20 Declaration: A Gift to Corporate Polluters

The deal on the table at the Rio+20 Summit does nothing to address the environmental and social crises that the world is facing; it simply allows multinational corporations to continue exploiting people and the planet without restraint, according to Friends of the Earth International.

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Rio+20: FoEI Chair Nnimmo Bassey to meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Rio+20: FoEI Chair Nnimmo Bassey to meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On June 22 Friends of the Earth International chair Nnimmo Bassey will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and deliver a civil society statement denouncing the corporate domination of the United Nations.

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Watch the video! - Corporate lobby at the Rio summit: UN Global Compact

Paul de Clerck, Corporates Campaign Coordinator with Friends of the Earth International, explains how business lobby groups work to influence the Rio+20 Summit and use the UN to greenwash unsustainable business practices.

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Watch the video! - Corporate lobby at the UN: the case of Shell

Interview with Geert Ritsema, International Campaign Coordinator with Friends of the Earth Netherlands at the Rio+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 17, 2012

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Join today's Twitterstorm!

Join today's Twitterstorm!

Call on world leaders to stop public handouts for dirty energy!

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Rio+20 summit under corporations' undue influence

Rio+20 summit under corporations' undue influence

One the eve of the Rio+20 United Nations Earth Summit on June 20-22, Friends of the Earth International warns world leaders that multinational corporations such as oil giant Shell have an undue influence over the Rio+20 Earth Summit.

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Watch the video! - Financialization of nature

Short animated film about the takeover of nature by financial markets and the real alternatives coming up from the civil society.

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Rio+20 summit must listen to People's Summit

Rio+20 summit must listen to People's Summit

While world leaders and the business sector gather for the Rio+20 Earth Summit due to take place here on June 20-22, Friends of the Earth International campaigners are gathering with social movements from around the world at an alternative Summit focused on human rights and environmental justice on 15-23 June.

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Rio Summit participant denied entry in Brazil

Rio Summit participant denied entry in Brazil

A participant of the UN Summit in Rio de Janeiero was denied entry into Brazil by the Brazilian authorities.

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Mobilization is Key

Mobilization is Key

Martin Drago of REDES-Friends of the Earth on the Peoples Summit

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FoEI at Rio+20

FoEI at Rio+20

Friends of the Earth International will be in Rio de Janeiro for Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Find out what we are doing in Rio!

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