The UN commits to protecting oceans via the Oceans Compact initiative

In mid-August, on the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the UN, renewed its commitment to protect oceans.

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Rio 2012: an Earth summit for green governance of the world

20 years since the Rio Summit of 1992, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), more commonly known as Rio +20, is due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.
The main objective of this conference will be to establish a world view of the green economy. Government, company and civil society leaders from across the world will gather to adopt approaches for the coming two decades and deal with a number of challenges, including water security.

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Water’s potential for instigating cooperation between states

According to the UN Water Division, water has major potential for instigating cooperation between States. It must be integrated across the board in international negotiations, notably in addressing the challenges involved in climate change.

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“Peace with water” or the difficulty in making water a subject of global governance

On 12 and 13 February last, during a conference in the European Parliament entitled “Peace with Water”, Mikhail Gorbachev launched an ambitious initiative: why not include the issues relating to water in UN negotiations concerning the post-Kyoto agreement on climate change? The draft memorandum for a world water protocol is to be signed in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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