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Civil society organizations call for Ban Ki-moon

Friday, 31 August 2012 15:53
Despite the events surrounding the Rio+20 Summit have shown that an institution such as an Ombudsperson for Future Generations is more than necessary, the creation of this position is not included in the final declaration of the summit, although it appeared in the preparatory versions of the final document.

Recognizing the importance and necessity of this initiative, the Secretary-General (SG) of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, was asked to submit a report on the need to promote intergenerational solidarity as a guarantee of sustainable development.


To encourage the actual development of the report, various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from different countries decided to send a letter to the SG entitled: 'Report on Intergenerational Solidarity and Future Generations'. In this letter, the organizations, in addition to extolling the importance of the creation of this Ombudsman for future generations, put themselves totally available to support the SG in the preparation of this report. Oikos – Cooperation and Development, which has been debating the topic ever since (including the creation and promotion of the Campaign Right to the Future), is underwriting this missive to the highest United Nations official.


We argue that an Ombudsperson for Future Generations allows a preliminary assessment, independent, imparcial and across all areas over which decisions that have impact on future generations are made, and encourages public participation and involvement in the processes of consultation with citizens.


This position would work in close proximity with independent institutions and seek support from outside experts to address issues of sustainable development, exploring and advising on ambiguous choices to ensure the best solutions for today and for the future will be chosen. It would be an individual with a leader profile, recognized moral soundness and with a clear vision and perspective on how to build a schedule in which the interests of future generations are considered alongside the interest of today.


Check here the final version of the letter sent to Ban-Ki moon, that besides Oikos submission, accounts with the following CSOs: ANPED – The Northern Alliance for Sustainability; CIEL – The Center for International Environmental Law; The Environmental Pillar Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development; The Intergenerational Foundation; nrg4SD, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development; Peace Child International; Spire - the Development Fund's Youth; Stakeholder Forum Sustainable Future; Children's Commissioner for Wales; terre des hommes International Federation; Vitae Civilis - Institute for Development, Environment and Peace; World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts; World Future Council; CIVICUS - World Alliance for Citizen Participation.


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