Civil Society Groups Call on Govs to Open Access

http://www.accessinitiative.org/blog/2012/05/civil-society-groups-call-governments-strengthen-access-information-participation-and-j

Civil Society Groups Call on Governments to Strengthen Access to Information, Participation and Justice at Rio+20

Organizations from 44 countries deliver petition for governments to guarantee transparency, citizen engagement, and accountability on environmental issues

As government delegates at the United Nations this week negotiate the Zero Document for Heads of State and Ministers to sign during the Rio+ 20 Summit in June, civil society organizations are calling for an increase in information, participation and justice. The Access Initiative (TAI) is delivering a petition to address the gap between aspiration and reality in implementation of environmental matters at the Rio+ 20 conference. TAI has gathered support from more than 120 civil society organizations in 44 countries to submit the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Declaration for the Zero Document of the Rio + 20 Summit for consideration by the UN….

One area where considerable progress has been made over the past 20 years is citizens’ access to information in more than 100 countries. While some UN delegates in New York are proposing to remove references to such rights, others have sought to strengthen language on transparency, citizen engagement and accountability in the draft text.

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