Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is the former Political Director for the Council of Canadians.

 

Bolivia has develop a 56-point program for the Rio+20 summit this coming June.
Notable among their proposals:
Poverty/inequality
1. In this century, the central challenges of sustainable development are: on the one hand, to overcome poverty and the tremendous inequalities that exist and, on the other hand, reestablish the equilibrium of the Earth system. Both objectives are intrinsically […]

Jan 132012
 

Joppe Cramwinckel, of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, writes in The Guardian that, “The Bonn2011 Conference clearly demonstrated that water, energy and food are inter-related. Producing more food requires more water and energy; many forms of energy production need water, we need water to cool power plants, refine crude oil and produce biofuels. […]

 

The Guardian reports, “Countries will be asked this summer to sign up for 10 new sustainable development goals for the planet and promise to build green economies… According to a leak of the draft agenda document seen by the Guardian, they will also be asked to negotiate a new agreement to protect oceans, approve an […]

 

The Times of India reports that the following issues are being discussed in the lead-up to the Rio+20 summit:

“global targets for reducing subsidies on social goods in the name of ‘getting prices right’ (allowing markets to operate without any intervention by the governments, even in supply of essential services like drinking water, food, public health, […]

Dec 162011
 

Business News Americas reports, “Chilean water utility Essal will auction the 40.5% stake the government holds in the company on December 16. …Last December, Chile’s government announced it would sell its stake in four water companies to pay for reconstruction following the massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central-southern Chile in February of that year. …The […]

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