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Spring 2011 This is second edition of the EWG newsletter in 2011. We welcome your contributions. Remember to share your resources and reports with others in the EWG. If you send material soon, we will produce another edition before Congress. Send links and examples to Lorraine Mirham

In this Edition - Rio +20 There is only one topic in this edition. The text is primarily from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. It is designed to support, revive and strengthen our resolve to think and speak about but also play an active part in Rio +20. 2011 has been described as a critical year for the environment. Starting on today, 2 May, the 19th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) will take place in New York to tackle some of the critical challenges at hand. Some of these include: Mining “Address the environmental, economic, health and social impacts and benefits of mining throughout their life cycle, including workers’ health and safety; Enhance the participation of stakeholders, including local and indigenous communities and women...” Indigenous people “...The international community has made some progress and become increasingly involved in recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples. However, these rights are not always implemented...” “A regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean...The [Permanent] Forum looked specifically at victims of abuse related to the armed conflict and in danger of extinction and the Awá people. Many of the Awá people are displaced and facing many hostilities, while others are at risk of losing their land due to a lack of education. “Water is a human right and a necessity to sustain life. In recent years, there has been a stronger and growing demand for access to safe drinking water and sanitation to be considered as a human right.... issues that indigenous peoples currently face...” You can follow the preparations and sign up to find out more here: We spoke about WILPF’s work at the Earth Summit in 1992 in the last E-news – if you missed it you can read it here:

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2nd Edition Spring 2011 EWG Enews  

“A regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean...The [Permanent] Forum looked specifically at victims of abuse related to the armed co...

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