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Almost all contracts for the purchase of the rights to the carbon in forests are drafted by attorneys representing the buyers, not the sellers… the indigenous communities that live in those forests.
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I have been fortunate to be part of the treaty development team for the Milennium Consumption Goal Initiative. Being part of this has helped me think more deeply about sustainability. The more I think about it, the more I realize that of all the good intentioned measures that are being developed to help people find...
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There will be several discussions on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSP) at the Commission on Sustainable Development meetings taking place at the United Nations this week and next week. I will be a panel member at one of those events. One of the issues being addressed is what role the United Nations should play in...
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I had a very informative experience at the March UNCSD Preparatory Committee. From my vantage point, there are two concepts that were underlying everything at this conference. One, how we talk about sustainable development and two, whether we need more planning before we choose to restructure institutions at the UN.
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One topic that was often discussed at the first intersessional meeting of UNCSD is: What is a green economy?It was discussed because one of the two major themes for Ri+20 is “How can a green economy contribute to sustainable development and poverty eradication?”(The other major theme is “Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development”). One might assume...
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