Despite some pessimistic evaluations of the Rio+20 summit, some progress was made - particularly on the issue of land degradation. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, offers his evaluation of Rio+ 20. On 9 July he will lead a special day on Restoring Land, Restoring Lives at the Initiatives of Change international conference centre in Caux, Switzerland.
A new report, Building an Inclusive Green Economy for All, launched at the Rio+20 summit argues that a transition to a green economy could lift millions of people out of poverty and create jobs at a time of austerity, writes Don de Silva.
The Council of Europe’s Conference of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO) launched the ‘Toolkit for Conducting intercultural Dialogue’ on Wednesday, 27 June 2012, during its plenary meeting in Strasbourg, France. The INGO Conference has created the Dialogue Toolkit in response to human rights violations due to issues of diversity and immigration in European countries.
Businesswoman Margaret Heffernan, author of ‘Wilful Blindness’, outlined why greed undermines the social contract and why collaboration is essential to good business, at a recent talk in the City of London.
The Geneva office of Initiatives of Change organized a presentation of the coming Caux Conferences, on Thursday 14th of June. Key speaker was Cornelio Sommaruga, as well as conference organizers and related actors.
A community with a vision to 'be the change you want to see in the world' is emerging in the heart of Ukraine. Evgeniya Koroleva writes about their journey over last two years: The ups and downs of building buildings, building a community and building people.
Chills ran up and down my spine as I felt a heavy emotion settle like a cloud over the training group. What was going on? This was a role-play simulation and yet it felt so real – I had facilitated this particular restorative justice exercise on many occasions in 20 different countries in Africa, but this time it was different.