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Accountability Agenda at Rio+20

June 18, 2012                                                                                                       Citizen-Driven Accountability for Sustainable Development                Brazilian Academy of Sciences

Within the frame of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAMs) at International Financial Institutions (IFIs) held a session on Citizen-Driven Accountability on June 18, 2012, in the Context of Sustainable Development. The meeting was hosted by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in Rio de Janeiro.

At the event, the IAMs presented two joint publications as a contribution to the Rio+20 Conference:
- Citizen-Driven Accountability for Sustainable Development: Giving Affected People a Greater Voice – 20 Years On (pdf)

- Civil Society Engagement with the Independent Accountability Mechanisms: Analysis of Environmental and Social Issues and Trends (pdf)

video-dev.gif Watch video: Citizen-driven Accountability for Sustainable Development: Mechanisms with International Finance Institutions. Duration: 6:46 min.

Rio+20 ABC

The session generated discussion about the evolution of citizen-driven accountability in development cooperation since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, which confirmed the importance of environmental justice and access to recourse for equitable and sustainable development outcomes.

Independent Accountability Mechanisms, and the Inspection Panel in particular, are in many ways "children" of the Earth Summit in 1992.

From left to right: Meg Taylor, Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (IFC/MIGA); Theotonio dos Santos, Brazilian Economist and Political Scientist; Marcos Pedlowski, Professor UENF, Brazil; Alf Jerve, Chair of the WB Inspection Panel



June 19, 2012   
Choosing Our Future: Open and Participatory Sustainable Development Governance                                                                                                           Fundaçao Getulio Vargas

Organized by a number of partners and led by the Access Initiative, the event brought together governments, civil society groups, and intergovernmental organizations to assess progress and advance proposals to move Principle 10 into its next generation of reforms. Workshops gave citizens and their governments the opportunities to share innovations and challenges as they identify next steps in citizen engagement in decision-making. The Event Program  provides additional details. Find out more.


June 20-21, 2012  
Legal Frameworks for Sustainable Development
Fundaçao Getulio Vargas

Organized by Getulio Vargas Foundation and other partners, this Rio+20 side event discussed the designing of equitable rules for green growth and the rule of law in international and national governance for sustainable development. Find out more.

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