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Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Gund sponsors Rio+20 Side Event on World Environmental Constitution

RIO+20, June 20th-22nd, 2012

The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics joins the Ukraine's International Institute-Association of Regional Ecological Problems (lead organizer) and the All-Ukrainian Ecological League in sponsoring a Rio +20 side event Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month. Dr. Josh Farley, Gund Fellow and Associate Professor of Community Development and Applied Economics, will attend the June 19th meeting focused on developing a World Environmental Constitution.

To break through to a sustainable future, scientists from post-Chernobyl Ukraine, supported by their American, British and Belgian colleagues, urge development of the World Environmental Constitution (WEC). The proposed WEC is comprised of two indissoluble parts: definitive – a global legal act prescribing basic norms for environmental safety and stimulation of a green economy for sustainability; and institutional – to fulfill the WEC mandate, a global system of environmental governance under the umbrella of the World Environmental Organization (WEO). The idea of a WEC is as old as the original Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. First declared by scientists in April 1992, it has been repeatedly emphasized by Ukraine at UNGA sessions since 1997. Simultaneously, WEO establishment has been promoted by Brazil, France, Germany and other states. Without such a breakthrough, any political commitments on Rio+20 Summit, even reaffirmation of Rio-92 principles, have been questionable.

More information about the event is available at:

Concerning the World Environmental Constitution and World Environmental Organization:

Concerning implementation of the concept of the greeening of education and related Ukraine contribution

Rio+20 website:

About the Rio+20 Conference: At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236), and will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. The Rio+20 Conference It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document. The Conference will focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.