Tcking to Rio: March 2, 2012

• March 2, 2012

Mobilisation – Paul Horsman

Earth Day and tcktcktck have finalised the toolkit for holding postive energy parties on Earth Day – April 22 – this year.  The toolkit  is currently available by email and will be online early next week.

And – if you like blogging and would like to join the tcktcktck team at the Rio+20 Earth Summit then please check out tcktcktck’s blogger prize.

Click here for notes of this week’s mobilisation meeting (and previous meetings).

Youth Outreach – Anna Collins

The Date with History competition will launch next week, Tuesday March 6 www.datewithhistory.com will be live from that day.

Tcktcktck is cooperting with the Elders in having a public dialogue online between ‘Youngers and Elders’.  We are just in the final stages of announcing what and how this will take place globally – watch this space.

Michael Davidson, of NRDC, applauds the Global Sustainability Panel’s urgent call to action and highlights concrete actions that Rio+20 can deliver for world’s youth.

Brazil – Kjeld Jakobsen & Rafa Poco 

Plans for a celebrity video are underway as well as focussing on renewable energy for all on Earth day – April 22.

Perverse Subsidies – Paul Horsman

The next meeting on fossil fuel subsidies will be on Tuesday March 6 at 15.00 gmt.  Contact either Paul or Jake Schmidt.

GSI is organising a workshop on subsidies in New York on 26th March at 13:15 – 14:4 in the main UN building.  GSI  background policy brief.

Jake Schmidt asks how to use Rio+20 to galvanize political will to end dirty fuel subsidies that barely reached the poor.

Negotiated Outcome – Alexander, CAN Europe

The ITUC is undertaking a “lobby week” with NY-based delegations/heads of missions and negotiators next week (March 5-9) on the 3 ITUC campaign asks for Rio and can provide intelligence from the various govt delegations on their positions on the FTT following that. Then will be active in the March informal informals/ intersessionals  in New York.

Other Materials

Natural Resources Defense Council’s Race to Rio website was launched this week contains some good higlights on Political Will, the Green Economy and Innovative Technologies and Structures

The ITUC have a new communication for Rio +20 including a new web page which has a section on campaigning with allies and partners available in English, Spanish and French. Trade Union Assembly on Labour and Environment from June 11-12 will feature the FTT strongly.  The programme is still under development. Civil society partners are welcome to participate in FTT related sessions.  The ITUC would be very happy to join other partners in co-hosting or in joining events focused on the FTT in Rio.

More on the FTT campaign:  The National Nurses United (NNU), will be promoting two days of activities this spring to push forward their collective international campaign for a financial transaction tax. In conjunction with the G8 summit, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on May 19-20, NNU will be hosting the next international strategy meeting of FTT campaigners in Chicago on May 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Contact Ken Zinn for information.

Jacob Scherr reports from the recent UNEP Governing Council meeting on UNEP’s new report release indicating that the No. 1 global environmental problem is the inadequacy of current international treaties, institutions and other structures and the need for new approaches.

Useful Websites

The People’s Summit (June 15-23)

http://rio20.net/ in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese;

Information, including accreditation, to the Rio + 20 People’s Summit. http://cupuladospovos.org.br/en/ – opening for inscriptions to the People’s Summit in April but now you can tell the organisers what kind of activity would you like to register.

Click here for Information on CSO registration for Official Conference and related UN events


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