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Conference - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

21 June 2012 - EESC Side Event

Civil society taking global responsibility: Models of civil society participation in sustainable development from local to global level.

EESC side event on sharing experiences concerning civil society involvement.

One of the key priorities of the European Economic and Social Committee for the Rio+20 Conference is the strengthening of civil society involvement in the transition to sustainable societies.

Involving civil society at global, national and local levels is crucial for a successful transition to a green economy and sustainable societies. Policy-makers need to provide the enabling conditions, but in the end it is civil society actors' everyday decisions and actions that will bring about sustainable economies and lifestyles. Therefore, appropriate systems for dialogue and democratic participation should be established at each level. The Rio+20 discussions on governance and the institutional framework for sustainable development must consider the participatory aspect.

This side-event will discuss civil society participation based on experiences with models from global, regional, national and local level. Institutional approaches, such as civil society representation in UN bodies or national Economic and Social Councils will be considered as well as consultation rights of citizens and access to information.

Date & Time: 21 June 2012 from 11.15 - 13.15

Venue: EU-Pavillon at the Athlete's Park, Rio de Janeiro.

Registration and Contact: Sustainable Development Observatory

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