You Could Have It All – Day 5 and Report of OWG12

by khristian méndez // The 12th session of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals has come to an end. At 5pm on friday, co-chair Kamau wrapped up the informal session of negotiations of the OWG, and opened the formal consultations, to be wrapped up 30 minutes later. During all of Friday, we heard the positions from 20+ member states on the final proposed SDG: Means of...

Sustainable History / Historia Sostenible

by khristian méndez // EN / Ever wondered what gave rise to the Sustainable Development Goals? and how did these summits began in the first place? Find out after the jump! ES / ¿Alguna vez se han preguntado de donde vienen los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible? y, ¿como se originaron todas estas cumbres políticas? ¡Entérense aquí!

In Response to: Doha Climate Talks: First Farce, then Tragedy

This post is in response to an article on the Youth Climate Movement Blog "It's Getting Hot in Here." You can find the original post here. Martha, I am here in Doha with Earth in Brackets a student group from College of the Atlantic who studies international environmental politics and diplomacy. I agree that the bureaucratic system and economic influences of COPs can be disheartening and seem...

Cross post: Rio+20 fails to deliver on Health and Migration issues

  -Cross posted from the International Centre for Migration Health and Development (ICMHD) at  http://icmhd.wordpress.com/ Rio+20 fails to deliver on Health and Migration issues As the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20 or the Earth Summit, wrapped up at the end of last week, responses from experts, media and civil society ranged from lukewarm notes...

A Green-washed Performance

Post-Rio reflections, submitted to Northern News Services, Canada By Nimisha Bastedo I was swallowed whole by the institution that spreads hope throughout the world with its blue helmets and international declarations –The United Nations. It spit me back on the streets of Rio de Janeiro feeling disillusioned, blinking in the sunlight of the real world, after dwelling in the windowless...