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Rio+20 Special Edition

First reading of The Future We Want

25 June 2012
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Jose Ignacio Garcia, SJ The Future We Want is the title of the final accord of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20.  It’s a long 49-page text and will require more time to make a more detailed analysis.  This article wants to give a first glimpse of this document, highlighting some of...
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Latin America at a crossroads: Is sustainable and inclusive growth possible in the region?

25 June 2012
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Mary Tere Guzmán Latin America faces great challenges for its development: the type of challenges that have been addressed at Rio+20.  The size and diversification of the region’s economy make it especially relevant at the world level.  The economic and environmental impacts of Latin American politics are potentially enormous. In the final stages of...
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The germinal is in the marginal: Another world is possible

25 June 2012
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Mauricio López Oropeza The philosopher Martin Buber wrote in his essay “I and Thou” that humanity is going through an extremely stressing moment, where it’s very difficult to find alternatives.  According to Buber, despite these times or perhaps because of them, humankind will find hope.  If Buber is right, then another world is actually...
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The social apostolate focuses on ecology

25 June 2012
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Patxi Álvarez, SJ On the second week of June, the annual meeting of the social delegates of the Conference of Latin America and Caribe took place in Buenos Aires.  It was cold autumn at that time.  There were around 30 people coming from the Jesuit provinces in Latin America.  Among them there were the...
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Indigenous Peoples’ International Declaration on Self-Determination and Sustainable Development

25 June 2012
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Indigenous Peoples from all regions of the world met at the “Indigenous Peoples International Conference on Sustainable Development and Self Determination” from 17th to 19th June 2012 at the Museu da República in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We thank the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil for welcoming us to their homelands and express our solidarity...
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Global March in the People’s Summit: Something new is being born

22 June 2012
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Gilberto Faggion and Lucas Luz On the afternoon of Wednesday 20th June, thousands of people gathered in the center of Rio de Janeiro for the Global March, organized by the “People’s Summit in Rio+20 for Social and Environmental Justice,” an event organized by global civil society.  Certainly, the Global March was not homogeneous, it...
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Four glimpses of the People’s Summit

22 June 2012
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Jaime Tatay FE Y ALEGRIA Fe y Alegria (FyA) is a “Movement for Integral Popular Education and Social Development.”  This movement directs its activities to the most impoverished and excluded sectors of the population, in order to empower them in their personal development and their participation in society.  FyA was born in Venezuela in...
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From Rio ’92: Sustainable Development to Eco-solidarity

22 June 2012
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Leandro Sequeiros, SJ Twenty years ago, in 1992, amid the “pomp” of the celebrations of the Spanish “discovery” of America, I was fortunate to live in Brazil.  I arrived in Rio a month after the Rio Summit.  It was just memories.  But it caught my attention.  I was already going under an inner process...
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Youth for life

22 June 2012
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Mary Tere Guzmán Many young people from all over the world gathered at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro. The summit’s motto, The Future We Want, is definitively an engaging title for younger generations to debate and think on their right to decide their future. Official studies and...
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Prayer, 22nd June, Rio+20

22 June 2012
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ACT A. Context in preparation for the day: Promote integrated human development “In development programmes, the principle of the centrality of the human person, as the subject primarily responsible for development, must be preserved.  The principal concern must be to improve the actual living conditions of the people in a given region…  Development programmes,...
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