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Environmental Governance – the nexus of rights, democracy and sustainability

Environmental harm is taking place at such a rate that it is undermining some basic human rights: rights to life, health, food, water and shelter. Meanwhile, measures to protect the environment and safeguard natural resources need to take into account human rights – particularly for those who depend so significantly on their local environment. This […]

10 September 2014


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The Sustainable Development Goals so far – reaction from the youth perspective

The process of deciding upon the replacement for the Millennium Development Goals has reached the end of its initial phase. The shape of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets are starting to emerge although the real negotiating is still to come, with another 12 months of intergovernmental negotiations ahead and further pronounced changes will be […]

29 July 2014


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Introducing a Future Generations Bill in Wales

This week saw the introduction of a new Bill to the Welsh Government: “The Well-Being of Future Generations Bill” sets out the long-term plan for Wales and represents the continuation of what was formerly known as the Sustainable Development Bill. It sets out a framework for Wales to firmly plan for the future and places […]

8 July 2014


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Moderated Dialogue at the High Level Political Forum on “Ideas and trends that can shape the lives of present and future generations

The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) is convening its second meeting here in New York, and its first under the auspices of ECOSOC, running from 30 June until 9 July. On 1 July a moderated dialogue was held on the topic of “Ideas and trends that can shape the lives of present and future generations” […]

2 July 2014


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Realities of the High Level Political Forum

The second meeting of the newly established UN body, the High Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is due to start at the end of this month. The draft agenda has been published, regional UN briefings have been held and civil society and negotiators are gearing up to take part. As the first time the […]

5 June 2014


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Future justice for future generations: investments at the national level

The complex and urgent challenges of our time are demanding a new approach and perspective from decision makers. The UN Open Working Group discussing the Sustainable Development Goals is just one example: as Member States enter the negotiation phase of the goals themselves, after a period of supportive, co-operative discussion, it is increasingly apparent of […]

29 May 2014


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Future Generations in the Sustainable Development Goals

The replacement of the Millennium Development Goals with the Sustainable Development Goals is now entering its final phase and the SDGs are being  discussed in some detail as was the case at the 11th Open Working Group in New York.  With only two meetings left scheduled until they are due to be finalised the language […]

20 May 2014


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Reflections on the Colombo Declaration on Youth

In last week’s blog we addressed the World Conference on Youth 2014 that was underway in Sri Lanka.  The event took place over six days, bringing together over 1000 youth representatives from around the world.  We had focused upon the draft declaration which included a call for the implementation of the recommendations put forward by […]

14 May 2014


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Colombo Declaration calls for action: a place for youth post 2015

The World Conference on Youth 2014 opened today in Colombo, Sri Lanka, bringing together some 1500 people, half of them young people, aged 18 to 29, making it one of the most well represented youth events at the global level. It is a four yearly opportunity for youth representatives from around the world to meet and […]

6 May 2014


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Budapest hosts discussion on Institutional solutions for a Sustainable Future

Last week, the Hungarian Ombudsman for Future Generations, Dr Marcel Szabó hosted an unprecedented, high level global conference on intergenerational justice and effective institutions, ‘Model Institutions for a Sustainable Future: a comparative constitutional law perspective’. The event brought together impressive figures from around the world, representing leading academic thought on this issue, legal expertise and […]

28 April 2014