The human rights principle for sustainable development governance

[Paper presented at the Earth Systems Governance Tokyo Conference ‘Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents’, 28 – 31 January 2013, United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan] Summary Sustainable development is impossible without a continuous care for the implementation of human rights as made explicit in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and

A politics of confrontation for sustainable development governance

[Paper presented at the 2012 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change] This paper proposes an alternative qualitative vision on sustainable development that could inspire a global ethics for societal development and intergenerational accountability and, at the same time, expose specific responsibilities for policy, the private sector,

Activities on human rights for sustainable development governance during Rio+20

 Workshop on “The Need for a Rights Based Approach to Sustainable Development Governance” Rio De Janeiro, Thursday 14 June 2012. From left to right: Gaston Meskens (The Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry, University of Ghent, Belgium), Nathalie van Haren (Both ENDS; Netherlands), Uchita de Zoysa (CED; Sri Lanka), Paul

A Treaty on a Human Rights based approach to Sustainable Development Governance

In the preparatory process of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 in Rio De Janeiro (known as the Rio+20 Summit), I was invited to write a draft proposal for a Treaty on human rights for sustainable development. The text, distributed as the Peoples’ Sustainability Treaty On Rights for

The last paradigm? – deliberate visions on a sustainable world

  [Contribution to the book “Intellectual Topographies and the Making of Citizenship”] About the book The book “Intellectual Topographies and the Making of Citizenship” gathers together writings on the transformation of the intellectual and the challenges posed by citizenship against the backdrop of dismantling the Modernity project, the decline of

Knowledge is not enough for global prosperity (a rational argument for human equity in sustainable development)

Contribution to the panel discussion during the “Equity, equality and pathways towards sustainability” session of the Planet Under Pressure conference (26 – 29 March 2012, London) Equity seems to be an easy topic compared to all the other tackled at this conference. First: we don’t need new knowledge to argue

Deliberate Visions on a Sustainable World

[Paper presented at the Planet Under Pressure conference, London] Since the beginning of negotiations in the frame of sustainable development, deliberations have been morally grounded by making reference to two general ethical principles that are said to have a fundamental character: human equality and fair play. The principle of human

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